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Guardian Ad Litem Program Schedules Training Class For Volunteers

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Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity where you will impact the lives of abused/neglected children in your community?

The NC Judicial Branch District 13 Guardian ad Litem program has begun recruiting volunteers for its next virtual training class. The class begins Tuesday, May 4.

To apply, go to www.volunteerforgal.org or call Karen Carnes at 910-253-4532 for more information.

Intern program available to area college students in bachelor’s or master’s programs.

Established by statute in 1983, the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program has been serving abused and neglected children for more than 30 years.

According to the the program’s web site, pursuant to North Carolina General Statute §7B-601, when a petition alleging abuse or neglect of a juvenile is filed in district court, the judge appoints a volunteer Guardian ad Litem advocate and an attorney advocate to provide team representation to the child. This team has full party status in trial and appellate proceedings.

All Guardian ad Litem advocates are trained, supervised, and supported by program staff in each county of the state. The collaborative model of GAL attorney advocates, volunteers, and staff ensures that all North Carolina children who are alleged by the Division of Social Services to have been abused or neglected receive GAL legal advocacy services.

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