Free Online Guardian ad Litem Training To Be Held

The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the South Carolina Department of Children’s Advocacy, is offering free online training beginning Tuesday, May 23, to those interested in becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Dillon 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 be able to contribute four to five hours a month of your time for a child. Currently the Dillon County GAL Program is serving 86 children, but there are only 8 volunteer GALs to assist. While GAL staff fill in the gaps, the need for more volunteers is urgent.
“We’re always looking for dedicated individuals who are passionate about advocating for children,” says LaDara Depugh, Director of the South Carolina GAL program. Visit for more information and to download an application.
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Contact Erin Petrella, regional recruiter and trainer for the GAL program, at (864) 381-3725 or for more information.

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