What We Have

We have a dedicated team of Board members, Staff, and over twenty Volunteers serving hundreds of children in our community. We have relationships with Foster families, Judges, Attorneys, Social Workers, Law Enforcement officers, and most importantly, children.

We have a remarkable Staff who train, coordinate, and assist our Volunteers through all stages of their cases, and who energize our Volunteers with their remarkable positivity and passion for what they do. Our Staff diligently organizes reports, cases, and supplies. All of our Staff assist the needs of our Volunteers, whether it be making a visit, attending court, accompanying a Volunteer, aiding in report writing, or just being there as a sounding board and friend.Our fabulous Board members help in raising community awareness, obtaining Federal funding, and making sure our program legally and ethically complies with all codes of conduct and Federal and State laws.

We have plans to grow our capacity, increase public knowledge, aid our volunteers with more efficient organizational tools, advertising campaigns, and fundraising events. We have the passion, the focus, and the commitment to, one day, even better fulfill the needs of the children in our community who have been, are, and will be taken into protective custody.

Board of Directors

3rd District Guardian ad Litem’s main resource is its people.  Our fabulous Board members help in raising community awareness, obtaining Federal funding, and making sure our program legally and ethically complies with all codes of conduct and Federal and State laws.  Our team brings a breadth of experience in Canyon County Child Protection cases that is unparalleled and exceptional.

Lisa Shaddock



Lisa is one of our newest Board Members. She recently moved from California to our beautiful Idaho and works from home as a Book-Keeper. Being apart of the Third District Guardian ad Litem Program is fulfilling a desire she’s had since High School, to help under-privileged children living in our own communities. Lisa is excited to add any contribution to this remarkable program and is looking forward to her term here on the team.




Christina Walker, MSW

Program Director


Christina is the Executive Director. She has worked as a Parent Advocate and Social Worker, as well as being a mentor, foster parent, and Guardian ad Litem in two districts. She specializes in working with children and families, as well as victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition to her work with the Third District, she is also a Group Facilitator at the Nampa Family Justice Center. Helping individuals and families live a strong and healthy life is her true passion. She is paramount in the structuring and encouraging all Volunteers, and Staff in this program. She is a powerful voice of good and is monumental in pushing this good work along.

Yazmin Rich

Advocate Coordinator


Yazmin is currently the Volunteer Coordinator with our Program and carries over 200 cases per year.  Yazmin is legendary in the Third District, with experience with another prior program, for her awe-inspiring advocacy and self-sacrifice, driven by an unyielding passion for the kids we serve.  Yazmin will continue her fearless mission with 3rd Guardian as Volunteer Coordinator.  Yazmin will transition to far fewer cases, as we increase our volunteers, so she can focus her expertise on training and mentoring them.  We hope she shares the fire, knowledge and passion for advocacy with all the volunteers in the Third District in the same way she has inspired all of us.

Stephanie Morgan

Advocate Coordinator


Stephanie Morgan has been a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for over 5 years, serving the 3rd Judicial District, in addition to acquiring education in the Criminal Justice field.  For 23 years and still going strong, Stephanie and her husband run a successful telecommunication company. Child welfare advocacy is a passion that Stephanie continues to pursue.  It is Stephanie’s delight to contribute to this Program’s growth by training and supporting volunteer Guardians ad Litem.

Merrin Packer

Recruiting and Marketing Specialist


Merrin has been involved in this program since it’s beginning. She volunteered for two years with Family Advocates and continued on when the program became the 3rd District. Merrin utilizes her personal story to help these children, having two little brothers adopted out of foster care.  Merrin has extensive marketing and promotion skills that she will utilize to educate the community and inspire individuals to join the 3rd District Guardian mission.