Volunteers Receive Oath For Guardian ad Litem Program

(Left to right) District Court Judge Paul Holcombe, volunteers Shannon Sharrock, Kelli McGonagle, Abigail Holder, Kristi Nelson and Attorney Advocate Marie Mobley.

The Guardian ad Litem Program held a swearing-in ceremony recently for volunteer child advocates that will volunteer in Johnston County. The volunteers completed the required advocate training and the Honorable District Court Judge Paul Holcombe administered the GAL Volunteer Oath.

Guardian ad Litem Volunteers advocate for 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.   To help these children move 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.

District 11 serves Harnett, Johnston, and Lee Counties and currently there are 373 children in the District 11 GAL Program and 112 children that are in need of an advocate to help them through this difficult time in their life.  They need a voice to speak up for them.  If you think this is something you’d like to do, contact the Guardian ad Litem program at 910-814-4690 or 919-934-3348.   For more information about the program go to www.volunteerforgal.org.