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Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program by the numbers for 2013

  • 413 Guardians ad Litem representing 620 foster children.
  • 38,648 volunteer hours.
  • $ 877,806.72 saved due to volunteer efforts.
  • 3006 hearings involving children represented by the Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program.
  • Over 1000 reports were written and submitted by our volunteer child advocates.
  • 161 Children were returned to the care of their biological families (parents or extended family members).
  • 88 Children achieved legal permanency through adoption.
  • 25 Youths reached their 18th birthday.
  • 81 New Guardian ad Litem Child Advocates joined our program.
  • 11 In-service trainings were offered to the Wake County Guardian ad Litem Advocates. 

Background on Guardians ad Litem Program. In 1983, the North Carolina General Assembly established the Office of Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Services as a division of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. Pursuant to G.S. 7B-601, when a petition alleging abuse or neglect of a juvenile is filed in district court, the judge appoints a volunteer Guardian ad Litem advocate and an attorney advocate to provide team representation to the child. All Guardian ad Litem advocates are trained, supervised, and supported by program staff in each county of the state. To learn more, visit the websites for Wake GAL and NC Courts GAL.

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The Friends of the Wake County Guardian ad Litem program value statements:
  • A collaborative community approach best serves the needs of families and children.
  • Every child deserves opportunities to overcome their challenges.
  • Kinship care families deserve support to meet the challenges they face.
  • Services aimed at increased self-sufficiency help families make changes that will break the cycle of poverty.
  • preserving families' for success of our children and community's future.

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