VISTA Helps Guardian ad Litem Program
News imageDurham - Seven new VISTA members were trained in May to help recruit and train new Guardian ad Litem volunteers in districts across the state. This brings the number of trained VISTA members working for GAL to 16. Last January, nine others were taught how to recruit and train Guardian ad Litem volunteers.

These seven new members are part of the 36 who will be recruited and trained through a grant by the AmericaCorps*VISTA, (Volunteers in Service to America), a federal program that promotes volunteers in the community.

Currently, there are more than three thousand Guardian ad Litem volunteers assisting children and the court system in North Carolina. Under the program, community volunteers team up with attorneys, oftentimes removing a juvenile from abusive parents and placing them in a foster home. The volunteers interview the parents, police, the child and others to advise the courts what action to take. The objective is to place every child in a safe, permanent home.

VISTA members who were most recently trained are from left to right: Aletha Pugh, Kathy Lusk, and Ashley Richbourg. Not pictured are Angela McDowell, Glenda Burns, Chris Gray and Larry Allgood.

Publish Date: 05/21/2002