The Guardian ad Litem Program kicked off the holiday season on Nov. 23, as District Court Judge William Brooks swore in six new Guardian ad Litem (GAL) child advocates.
Many people think they couldn’t do this type of volunteer work as they feel they would become too attached to a child they are serving. But that is exactly what children in foster care need; that steady, consistent relationship that is often missing when a child is moved from one placement to another, one school to another, one case worker to another. Guardians ad Litem provide a sense of security in a potentially otherwise very insecure life of a child. The beauty of this selfless gift is that it is relatively easy to fit truly significant work into your personal schedule. Once the required training is complete, the average time commitment may be no more four to six hours a month, and much of it can be done by phone and email.
Anyone with the slightest flexibility in their daily schedules can easily volunteer as a GAL advocate. An application, interview, and background check are required before attending the 30-hour FLEX training with the next session to begin in March 2016.
For more information on how you can answer the call to advocate for a child in foster care, call Tammy Baity at 336-651-4465 or visit www.VolunteerForGAL.org.