The District 11 Guardian ad Litem program held a swearing-in ceremony in Johnston County on Sept. 24 for volunteer child advocates in Johnston County. The volunteers completed the required advocate training and District Court Judge Paul Holcombe administered the GAL volunteer oath. The volunteers will now serve as court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children.
A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is a trained community member appointed by a district court judge to investigate and determine the needs of abused and neglected youth petitioned into the court system by the Department of Social Services. The GAL works with program staff and an attorney advocate to represent the child’s best interest in court. District 11 serves Harnett, Johnston and Lee counties.
If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact the Harnett County GAL office at 910-814-4690 or the Johnston County office at 919-934-3348. The next training class will begin Oct. 9. Find out more at ncgal.org.