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New Guardians ad Litem on the job

Posted: September 7, 2017 4:53 p.m.
Updated: September 8, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Two new Guardians ad Litem were recently sworn in by the Honorable Dana Morris as volunteers in the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program. They are Melissa Ogle and Greg Riley, both Kershaw County citizens.

The newly appointed Guardians ad Litem join other volunteers who have been trained and advocate for foster children in the family court system. Using one-on-one advocacy, GAL volunteers ensure that children’s needs are recognized and their best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the community.

Program volunteers get to know the children they represent as well as the people involved in their lives, including the staff at the GAL Program, foster parents, teachers and school counselors. They also attend court hearings and report their findings to the judge.

If you are compassionate and have a desire to help children in need, please consider serving as a volunteer with the Guardian ad Litem Program. To do so, you must be at least 21 years old, be able to pass background and reference checks, and successfully complete the free, 30-hour training. The next training session for Kershaw County will begin October 30th.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a GAL volunteer and the rewards that come along with serving as the voice of a child, please contact Christy Vinson (christina.vinson@admin.sc.gov or 803-425-1412.)  You can also get more information and download an application by visiting www.kershaw.scgal.org.

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