Child Advocates Continue to Serve as Voice for Children in our Community
As our community faces an unprecedented pandemic, Guardian ad Litem advocates in Johnston County continue to fulfill their advocacy responsibilities as a voice for children in our community, although remotely.
GAL Child Advocates are leveraging technology to stay in touch with their assigned child-client, family members and other case collaterals during this time of community crisis. While in-person contact is suspended at least until mid-April, GALs are doing 'virtual visits' by way of Facetime, Skype and other video conferencing tools, as well as maintaining contact via email, text messaging and phone calls. Their advocacy is especially important during this time as stressors and challenges are heightened for the children represented by the Guardian ad Litem Program, and their families, who are already involved in a high stress situation by virtue of the court's involvement in their lives.
GAL Advocates are trained as child advocates for abused and neglected children. These child advocates are paired with attorney advocates, supported by staff, and work together to champion a child's needs in court. Child advocates promote a safe and permanent home for children. A child with a GAL Advocate is much less likely to re-enter the foster care system.
The postponement of our March 2020 GAL Pre-Service training is affording us the opportunity to fill the remaining spots in that class. Please visit volunteerforgal.org for more information and to submit your application. Someone from our office will be in touch!