In a typical year, more than 400 children go through the court system in Johnston, Harnett, & Lee Counties because their family is in crisis. But the system isn't always equipped to ensure a child's basic needs & rights are protected.
There is a simple & effective solution: a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) advocate. A trained volunteer who works directly with all parties to make sure that the child's best interests are always front & center. A child who has a GAL has the best chance at a successful outcome.
GALs come from all walks of life. All you need is common sense & to care about children. All advocates receive training and support from program staff and attorneys.
You are just what our children need! Being a GAL will reward you with some of the most powerful & fulfilling experiences you can find. You will find that you have not only lifted up the life of a child, but your own life as well.
If you're ready to fill out an application to become a GAL, click the button below. The form will not allow you to save your work, so make sure to either fill it out by hand or print it out before closing the document. After our office receives your application, the next steps would include background and reference checks as well as an interview. The application should be mailed to:
Guardian ad Litem Program
301 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Suite 1047
Lillington, NC 27546
Exactly What Does a GAL Volunteer Child Advocate Do?
GALs, along with attorney advocates, are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests in court of children who have been abused or neglected. The primary responsibilities of a GAL are to: