On Monday, December 3, 2015, three Surry County residents were sworn in by Judge Spencer Key to be Guardian ad Litem volunteers, promising to advocate for abused and neglected children in Surry County.
Newly sworn-in volunteer, Tonya Thornton said, “This volunteer program allows me to use my education as a paralegal to advocate for children.”
Surry County’s newest Guardian ad Litem volunteers completed 30 hours of training in how to provide support for children in court before taking their oaths in front of a judge.
Clifton Blackburn has had lots of life experience and also fostered children earlier in his life.
“I have wanted to help children in this way and now have the time to do it,” he said.
Chelsey Ashby, who works for Headstart in Cana, said, “It is a love of children that makes me want to see them safe and happy.”
The Surry County GAL Program is part of the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, which recruits, trains, and supervises volunteer advocates in every county across the state to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in the state court system. Volunteer advocates work with an attorney to form a plan that ensures these children are placed in a safe, permanent home.
The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact the Surry County GAL office at 386-3721 or by e-mail [email protected] you can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem.