County Guardian ad Litem Program by the numbers for 2013
- 413 Guardians ad Litem representing 620 foster
- 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
- 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.