During the week of April 18, eight new individuals will take the oath to serve abused and neglected children in their communities as Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers.
The month of April brings increased attention to the issue of child abuse in local communities. This month, Governor McCrory gives special recognition to the 4,800 dedicated Guardian ad Litem volunteers across North Carolina, making this a great time to get involved.
Guardian ad Litem staff in the 23rd Judicial District encompassing Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes and Yadkin counties match volunteers with children involved in the judicial process due to allegations of abuse or neglect by their caretaker. These volunteers become the eyes and ears for children throughout this process and help a child who might otherwise be confused understand the court process. Often referred to as “the voice for a child” in the courtroom, the GAL ensures that the court hears from the child’s perspective.
Guardian ad Litem volunteers come from many different backgrounds. The only requirement is to complete the Guardian ad Litem training class and have a heart for serving children in need.
Even with these new volunteers, there are still 46 children in our district who don’t have an advocate. To help these local children, call 336-651-4465 or visit www.volunteerforgal.org on the web. 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 thirty-hour FLEX training with the next session to begin in July 2016. Please consider making a difference in the life of a child in foster care.