Guardian ad Litem

A Child's Advocate in Court



 We need you!

In 2017, 216 trained volunteers participated in Mecklenburg’s Guardian ad Litem program. Our attorney advocates and GAL volunteers provided representation for more than 500 children during family court hearings. We are still in need of  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.”  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). 

  • 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.

  • Children with a Guardian ad Litem Advocate have better outcomes than those that do not.


Click Below for

GAL Information Packet

GAL Job Description 

Please go to to apply today! 

Guardian ad Litem, 700 E. 4th St., Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28202

Recruiter phone number: (704) 686-0088

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