“One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
These words, written by Forest E. Witcraft, capture the sentiment of many who volunteer. While there are innumerable ways to volunteer for children, the individuals pictured here are volunteer Guardians ad Litem (GAL).
GALs are specially trained members of the community who are court appointed to serve children who enter the Department of Social Services’ (DSS) protection. Behind the smiling faces in the photograph are dedicated advocates who have helped children through the trauma of physical abuse, physical neglect, and sexual abuse. They have seen children reunified with parents and at other times they have witnessed adoptions. In all cases, Guardians ad Litem seek permanency for children in safe homes as quickly as possible.
April is National Volunteer Month. What a wonderful opportunity to recognize and say “thank you” to all who give of their time, their talents, and often their financial resources to make our communities stronger. As you consider ways to contribute to the betterment of your community, think about becoming a GAL.
Contact the Chesterfield County Office to get involved and be a positive influence in the life of a child. The next free training class starts May 8, 2012, with a free information session on April 24, 2012. For more information, call us at 623-5630 or you can visit us at Chesterfield.scgal.org.