Ms. McWhorter joined the Guardian Ad Litem Division of the Office of the Public Defender in 2005. She serves as a court appointed guardian ad litem for children who are the subjects of Dependency Court complaints alleging abuse, neglect, and/or dependency. Ms. McWhorter advocates for children in dependency, delinquency, probate and criminal hearings, and in all phases of dependency litigation, including trials, review hearings, and in cameras. She has completed then Rule 48 training required by the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Rules of Superintendence for guardians ad litem. Ms. McWhorter has also completed parent surrogate training in order to provide meaningful advocacy for clients with special education needs.
In 2012, Ms. McWhorter was promoted to the position of Senior Legal Counsel/Attorney Training Facilitator with the Guardian Ad Litem Division. In this position, she trains new attorneys as they join the division and provides ongoing training and support to the division as a whole.
Ms. McWhorter was a member of the treatment team that won “Most Collaborative Team” at the 7th Annual Hamilton Choices Awards in May, 2010.