Current Statistics


  • There are over 700 children in foster care in Wake County

  • 45% of people who spend over half their childhood in poverty are poor at age 35.

  • Only 2% of children in foster care receives a bachelor's degree or higher.

  • 75% of women aging out of foster care become mothers before the age of 21.

  • Only half the youths aging out of foster care will be employed by the age of 24.

  • 25% of children in foster care experience homelessness

  • 1 in 4 children in foster care will experience PTSD.


Our Values, Our Work


The Friends of the Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit founded in 1991 to change the lives of abused and neglected children by supporting the work of Guardians ad Litem who volunteer as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for foster children. 


We accomplish our work by providing enrichment opportunity funds and needed items for impoverished children including ones in foster care, out-of-home kinship placements, families working hard to break the cycle of poverty and youth who have aged out of foster care. 


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.

IRS Letter

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State


Articles of Incorporation