Pro Bono Attorneys Needed for North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Cases of Abused and Neglected Children
News imageIn recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Governor Pat McCrory's proclamation of April as North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Child Advocate Month, attorneys are encouraged to join in the fight to prevent and remedy child abuse in our state through being the voice for a child on appeal.

Action is what has defined the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program during its 30 years of service. The attorneys who volunteer with the GAL pro bono program all have one very significant characteristic in common a commitment to action on behalf of abused and neglected children. The willingness to stand, advocate, and act on behalf of the more than 15,000 children this program serves is what defines the advocates and unites the pro bono appellate attorneys in their work and commitment to these children.

In 2012, 56 pro bono attorneys served on behalf of children in North Carolina. These pro bono attorneys helped manage and advocate for children in 82 out of 156 abuse and neglect cases at the appellate level. However, the proclamation serves as a reminder of the great need for more GAL pro bono attorneys throughout the state to ensure that every child is represented on appeal.

As GAL celebrates its 30th anniversary, the governor's proclamation recognizes the program's "distinguished record of public service through its work to enhance the quality of life for children." The pro bono program attorneys are an integral part of GAL's mandate and purpose to keep kids in our state safe from harm. Through a collaborative model of volunteer appellate attorneys and state office staff, the program ensures the children involved in these cases have a voice and zealous legal representation at the appellate level.

The GAL program thrives on volunteerism, and this vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. Now more than ever, the children of our state need advocates at all levels of their cases. If you are an attorney or affiliated with a law firm or legal organization, please join the cause to be the voice and advocate for abused and neglected children by contacting Tawanda Foster, GAL appellate counsel, at (919) 890-1255 or tawanda.n.foster@nccourts.org. To learn more about the Guardian ad Litem Program, visit www.ncgal.org, call 1-800-982-4041, or go to www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem.
Publish Date: 04/24/2013