A Gift That Keeps On Giving: Guardian ad Litem Advocates

At this time of year, people may ask, “What can I do for someone else?”  Have you ever thought about the gift of your time?  Did you know that there are children in the court system through no fault of their own?

These are youth that have been alleged by the Department of Social Services to have been abused and/or neglected.

In order to help these children moving through the court system toward safe permanent homes, the Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) trains individual citizens to investigate and determine the needs of these youth.   The GAL volunteer is provided support and supervision as they work to advocate for the child’s best interest in court alongside an attorney.

Would you like to ensure a child has a voice in court and help pave a child’s future of hope.  Are you that person?

The District 11 GAL program serves Johnston, Harnett, and Lee Counties. Currently there are children in the GAL program that are in need of an individual to help them through this difficult time in their life. They need a voice to speak up for them.

Recently two individuals agreed to give the gift of themselves and the Guardian ad Litem Program had a swearing-in for these volunteer child advocates in Johnston County.  The volunteers completed the required advocate training and the Honorable District Court Judge Resson Faircloth administered the GAL Volunteer Oath.  Pictured from left to right:  Advocates Nathaniel Newman, Julie Carroll, Judge Resson Faircloth and GAL Attorney Advocate Marie Mobley.

For more information contact the Guardian ad Litem program at 910-814-4690 or 919-934-3348 or online at  www.volunteerforgal.org