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What is a Guardian ad Litem?

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The GAL Program was established by the North Carolina Legislature in 1983, to insure that children's rights are safeguarded.  When the Department of Social Services (DSS) files a petition to ask that custody be removed from parents, due to abuse or neglect, a GAL is appointed by the judge.  The GAL independently evaluates the situation and reports findings and recommendations to the court.  Thus the Guardian ad Litem, insures that the child's voice is heard, and the child's rights are protected.

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An individual training - will prepare you for this critical role as a child advocate.  You will learn child abuse and neglect laws, how the court system operates, what the DSS responsibility is, child development issues, the effect of separation and loss on children, and how to conduct an investigation.  Finally and most importantly, you will learn how you can make a difference in a child's life.

Whether you are ready to make a commitment to take on this challenging role or you would simply like to learn more about the GAL Program or the training topics, you are invited to call or email us at the office for more information.

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