About a week ago, my stepson was made a ward of the state when his biological parents signed over their rights after a series of uncontrolled, violent events that he has a racked up a number of criminal charges for. During the first few years of our relationship, my partner was involved in a pretty messy custody case trying to get his son's visitation with his mom as limited as possible for his son's protection. During this trial, the court assigned a guardian ad litem to my stepson to represent his interests in the custody case. Now, they are assigning a new Guardian ad litem to him. Is this a standard thing done with all kids who end up being wards of the state? Or is this probably because of the multiple criminal charges he has gotten lately? I'm confused, because he already has a lawyer from a local organization that provides legal help to children that has been representing him for a number of months now. I'm hoping she is just additional representation to push for the right situation for him. CPS is trying to charge my partner with neglect because he refuses to take him back in because of safety issues, and I realize it's just a scare tactic that probably won't come to anything, but I just don't want to help respond to this woman without understanding a little bit more of what I might be stepping in considering everything going on. It's been difficult to get information from people in all this.