Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Be a Child Advocate

Do you long to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child? I can think of no better way to do so than to volunteer as a child advocate with the Guardian ad Litem program. Here is some info about the program:

Mission Statement:
The mission of the North Carolina 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 state court system and to work towards a plan that ensures that these children are in a safe permanent home.

Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. Volunteers are needed in every NC county to help judges make the best decisions in court about what is in the best interests of the children who come before them. The objectivity and thorough advocacy of our volunteer Guardians ad Litem help children navigate the many facets of out of home placement and ensure that their voices are heard in courtrooms across the state. Training , support and supervision are offered to assist volunteers in our programs. We make a difference for children, one child at a time, keeping a child's sense of time our focus.

For more information, you can call Catherine McDonald with the High Point Guardian ad Litem office at 336-574-4315 or 336-801-5388. Annie Cahoon is the director of the Forsyth County Guardian ad Litem program. Her number is 336-761-2384 ext. 5. You can also visit the NC Guardian ad Litem website.

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