The mission of the Guardian ad Litem Program is to provide trained independent advocates to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in the custody of the county’s foster care system and work towards a plan that ensures that these children are in a safe, permanent home.
In 2012, 301 trained volunteers participated in Mecklenburg’s Guardian ad Litem program. Our attorney advocates and GAL volunteers provided representation for 986 children at 3,744 family court hearings. We continue to need more Guardian ad Litem volunteers to meet the needs of these children.
All abused and neglected children petitioned into the North Carolina court system receive excellent legal representation and effective advocacy which promote and protect their best interests through written, fact-based independent recommendations submitted to the court by concerned citizens known as Guardians ad Litem (GAL) volunteers. Under the guidance of professional staff, these GAL volunteers’ recommendations enhance Judge’s decision-making to ensure that each child has needed services and a safe, permanent home in the shortest time possible.
Guardian ad Litem is latin for “in this proceeding.” A Guardian ad Litem in North Carolina is a trained community member who is appointed by a district court judge to investigate and determine the needs of abused or neglected children. The Guardian ad Litem Advocate does not need to be an attorney or psychologist to help a child. We simply ask that you have a caring and committed concern for the welfare of a child. We will train you how to do your work and guide as you as advocate for your child(ren).
The GAL program advocates for abused and neglected children throughout Mecklenburg County.
Currently there are nearly 700 children receiving service from the GAL program.
About 200 community members advocate for abused and/or neglected children in Mecklenburg County each month.
About 50% of our children are boys however only 10% of our volunteers are male.
An average of 15 abuse and/or neglect cases open each month.
There are still abused and neglected children in Mecklenburg County waiting for a Guardian ad Litem Advocate to be their voice in court.
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You may mail or fax your application to the Recruiter via:
Guardian ad Litem, 700 E. 4th St., Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28202