Guardian ad Litem

A Child's Advocate in Court

Celebrating 30 Years of Guardian ad Litem

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Guardian ad Litem volunteers have been serving our state’s children for 30 years
RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers have been serving the state’s most vulnerable children – the abused and neglected – for 30 years.
GAL State Administrator Cindy Bizzell says, “For three decades, GAL staff have
equipped citizen volunteers to advocate in court for the state’s abused and
neglected children. The powerful ripple effect of each staff member’s knowledge,
experience, and support is evident as thousands of GALs ensure timely permanent
outcomes for tens of thousands of children.”

With more than 491,000 hours of service donated by 5,115 GAL volunteers and
150 pro bono attorneys in 2012 alone, these volunteers have much to offer the
court system, the children they advocate for, and the community at large. In the
annual proclamation recognizing GAL and declaring April Child Advocate Month,
Governor Pat McCrory described GAL advocates as the “eyes and ears of the court
in the child’s life” and praised them for improving the quality of information presented in a court case.

GAL advocates volunteer multiple hours a month as they represent and promote the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. They conduct independent investigations – including visits with the child, parents, teachers, and other people involved in the child’s life – to determine the needs and wishes of the child. Teamed with a GAL attorney, GAL volunteers provide representation, and a voice, for children in court. Furthermore, GAL volunteers provide quality advocacy that allows children to move through the court system in a timely manner, while finding permanency and safety for the child remains paramount. The GAL volunteer’s many hours of advocacy help the state to save money, and their volunteerism provides children with a voice in the courtroom they might not otherwise have.

Currently in North Carolina, more than 1,500 children do not have a GAL volunteer to advocate for them in court. To rise to the challenge and become a GAL volunteer, visit http://www.ncgal.org, call 1-800-982-4041, or go to http://www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem.

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April 3, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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