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Youth and Family Services (youth under 18)

Guardian ad Litem Program

A guardian is a person appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of a child involved in Juvenile Court. The core function of a guardian is an objective examination of the child’s situation to assist the court in understanding the child’s true circumstances and needs. A guardian’s role is to ensure every child lives in a safe, healthy permanent family. Our mission statement is “to provide effective, independent advocacy in the best interest of children before the court”.



Youth 13 - 24

Anti-Human Trafficking

A program providing direct service and intensive case management to young survivors of human trafficking, including sex and labor trafficking. Services include individual intake/assessment, individual counseling, appropriate service referrals, transportation, and various emergency shelter and transitional housing options. This program aims to help these young survivors (through age 22) establish a safe, healthy, and secure future. Program staff are also available to provide training and community education.




Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) Services offer intensive case management and comprehensive services to youth who are the victim of a crime, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and child abuse and neglect. This program aims to help these youth survivors establish a safe, healthy, and secure future. Program staff are available to provide education, advocacy, and youth engagement with survivors.

Comprehensive services can include:

  • Intake and assessment
  • Basic needs assistance
  • Crisis intervention
  • Transportation assistance
  • Systems-based advocacy
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Mentoring and emotional support
  • Documentation assistance

Referrals and service coordination to:

  • Legal services
  • Medical services
  • Educational support
  • Specialized treatment of trauma associated with victimization



Contact Us


Dickinson Staff

GAL Program Director

Barb Oliger, LBSW

GAL Coordinator

Sharla Price

Anti-Trafficking Program Manager

Amy Boyd-Bolme, LMSW

Anti-Trafficking & Housing Navigator

Nicole Thompson