State Auditor Mike Foley plans to audit the guardian ad litem program in Douglas County.
“We'd gotten wind of some issues,” Foley said, though he declined to elaborate.
Foley contacted the county earlier about an audit, and the Douglas County Board passed a resolution Tuesday inviting one.
“It's something we need to look at,” Board Chairwoman Mary Ann Borgeson said.
Guardians ad litem are court-appointed attorneys who represent children in the Nebraska juvenile system, often in abuse or neglect cases. Observers have complained for years about heavy case loads and a perceived lack of accountability.
Douglas County contracts with the Thomas Incontro law firm and the Monahan Group to provide guardians ad litem. Other attorneys are sometimes assigned individually by juvenile court judges.
The audit will focus on the program's finances. Foley said he hopes to get under way after Labor Day.
In keeping with state law, the county will pay for the audit, which is expected to cost up to $50,000.