Children Embracing in Circle

There are

over 700 children

in foster

care in



  • Tax Deductions for GALs
  • Mileage

    0.14 cents per mile driven attending Friends of Wake GAL mtgs, visits to see foster children, court hearings, etc can be deducted from income tax. Jordan recommended putting the information into a spreadsheet with headings for date, purpose and miles driven.

  • Parking Fees and Highway Tolls

    Keep the receipts you receive when you pay to park at the lots when attending hearings on behalf of the foster child (ren) or other places you may be required to pay for tolls or parking to attend to the needs of the children on your cases. 

  • Additional Resources

    For more resources, download this pdf file with local and national nonprofits who can help provide essentials such as clothing to documents that may help with completing court reports.
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Did You Know?

  • In North Carolina, approximately 1 out of every 100 children, or about 1% of the state’s child population, are abused or neglected.

  • 102,718 children with investigated reports of possible abuse and neglect in North Carolina from July 2018 to June 2019.

  • There are approximately 440,000 foster youth nationwide.

  • 30,000 youth age out of the foster care system between the ages of 18 – 21 annually.

  • Within four years of aging out, 50% have no earnings, and those who do make an average annual income of $7,500.

  • The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program works with children who have been petitioned into the system and who have been appointed a Guardian ad Litem by a judge – about 18,000 children every year.

  • Legislative Advocacy Teams
  • Texas CASA is developing Legislative Advocacy Teams throughout the state to work with Texas CASA and their local CASA programs to develop and promote policy agendas to improve the child welfare system. There are currently 21 LATs in place that are led by volunteer advocates and/or board members and work with staff liaisons in each CASA program to build relationships with legislators, develop policy agendas to improve the child welfare system with Texas CASA, and motivate and empower others in the local CASA program to advocate for those improvements.

    If implemented in North Carolina, the LATs could begin work now to help benefit foster youth. A great example of a legislator at work is N.C. Senator Tamara Barringer who introduced several bills this session that benefit youth.  Senate Bill 424 is set for the budget committee. This bill would expand foster care benefits for youth until they are 21 years old, rather than the current 18. About 500 youth age out of foster care in North Carolina each year. Research shows that the youth who don’t have support are more likely to commit crimes, be on public assistance and find themselves homeless. 

    Please email if you would like the handouts from the LAT workshop.

    Click here for additional Advocacy Resources

Friends of Wake GAL

Organizational Documents

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.


IRS Letter

Articles of Incorporation

By Laws

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