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Guardian ad Litem Program, Cleveland County Charity Profile
The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is a trained community volunteer appointed by a district court judge to investigate and determine the needs of abused and neglected children who are petitioned into the court system by the Department of Social Services. The Guardian ad Litem makes independent recommendations to the court for services, which focus on the needs of the child and advocates for a permanent and safe home for every child within the shortest time possible.
Guardian ad Litem Program, Cleveland County Volunteer Information
So far this year, Cleveland County has 30 dedicated volunteers who have served approximately 95 families with a total of 214 children. The Guardian ad Litem Program is proud of each volunteer. We are in need of more people willing to serve as a voice for these children in court. The main qualifications are to have a sincere concern for the well being of children and a continuing commitment to advocate for a child until a safe and permanent home is obtained. To be a mature adult of sound character with good verbal and written communication skills; the GAL must be objective and nonjudgmental and be able to interact with people of various educational, economic and ethnic backgrounds.