Guardian ad Litem Needs Volunteers
April is Child Advocate and Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Guardian ad Litem is honoring its current volunteers and seeking new ones.
During Child Advocate Month in April, Guardian ad Litem is honoring its volunteers for their commitment, dedication and perseverance. The local program is also recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month and assisting in efforts to raise community awareness about child abuse and neglect.
The need has never been greater in this district for trained child advocates.
Established by statute in 1983, the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program has been serving abused and neglected children for more than 30 years.
There are currently about 5,300 child advocate volunteers serving on abuse and neglect cases in every county in North Carolina.
District 13 (Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus counties) has approximately 100 active volunteers. A Guardian ad Litem child advocate is a trained community volunteer who is appointed, along with a Guardian ad Litem attorney, by a district court judge to investigate and determine the needs of abused and neglected children petitioned into the court system by the Department of Social Services.
If you are interested in volunteering, you can begin by completing your application at volunteerforgal.org or calling (910) 253-3922.