Volunteers needed for GAL program

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As Mother's Day approaches, there are many abused or neglected children who do not have a positive mother or mother figure in their lives, but people with a desire to serve children can change that.

When a child enters foster care, a judge appoints a volunteer Guardian ad Litem to advocate for the child's best interest. Often the GAL volunteer provides much needed stability and support. GAL volunteers communicate the child's best interests in court and in the child welfare system.

GAL volunteers come from all backgrounds and share a passion to speak up for children in need, such as a mother would for her child.

Volunteers must be 21 years old, able to pass a background check and complete the mandatory 30-hour training.

The next free training begins Thursday, June 1.

For more information, contact the Guardian ad Litem Clarendon County Office at (803) 435.8012 or visit www.scgal.org.