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Colleton County Volunteers Speak for Abused and Neglected Children

Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers are people like you. Some volunteers work full time, some are retired, some are students, some are teachers, some are grandparents; but they are all special people who want to make the voices of abused and neglected children heard. GAL volunteers get to know the child and everyone involved in the child’s life, including family, teachers, doctors, social workers and others. They gather information about the child and what the child needs. Then, they make recommendations that help the judge make an informed decision about the child’s future.

In South Carolina, children do not normally go to court. That means that children are not present when decisions about whether or not they return home, or other decisions about their futures are being made. GAL volunteers bridge that gap and tell the judge what the child wants, without having to traumatize them in a courtroom setting.GAL volunteers provide a stable presence in a child’s life, remaining on each case until the child finds a safe, permanent home.

Last year, 25 Colleton County GAL volunteers served 142 abused and neglected children. In 4-6 hours per month, volunteers can make a positive difference in a child’s life. If you have an interest in speaking out for an abused or neglected child, you can become one of us by visiting our website www.colleton.scgal.org or call Linda Koehler at (843) 549-6580. Your Voice. A Child’s Future.

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