Volunteers needed to help local abused and neglected children

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the South Carolina Department of Children’s Advocacy, is offering free virtual training beginning Tuesday, July 25, 2023, to those interested in becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Fairfield County.  GALs advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children who are involved in family court legal proceedings through the Department of Social Services (DSS).

Volunteers should be at least 21 years old, have a clean criminal record, no previous DSS case history, and have time available and the desire to help a child in their community.

Currently the Fairfield County GAL Program is serving 35 children, but there are only 8 volunteer GALs to assist. While GAL staff fill in the gaps, the need for more volunteers is urgent.

“The need is greater than ever in our state for volunteer advocates.  Our goal is to ensure that every child in the family court system has a voice and finds a safe permanent home as quickly as possible. We are always looking for caring and dedicated individuals to advocate on behalf of our state’s most vulnerable children,” says LaDara Depugh, Director of the South Carolina GAL program.

Visit gal.sc.gov for more information and to download an application. Follow @Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program on Facebook or contact [email protected] to be added to the newsletter for updates and local events in your area.

Contact Lindsey Loparo, regional recruiter and trainer for the GAL program, at (803-206-0640) or [email protected] for more information.

Contact us: (803) 767-5711 | P.O. Box 675, Blythewood, SC 29016 | [email protected]