Stand up today and declare, "I am for the child."
Over 500 children in New Hanover and Pender Counties entered the court system as victims of abuse and neglect – enough children to fill a typical elementary school twice. They are confused and sad and frightened. They need an advocate. Too often there are not enough volunteers to represent them all.
• Could you speak up for their best interests?
• Could you join 4,800 other volunteers in the state to say "I am for this child."
Our volunteers get results. A Guardian ad Litem provides for each child a singular focus on finding a safe and permanent home and a commitment to communicating with that child consistently and with clarity and kindness. Our volunteers also give each child a clear and strong voice during the court process.
Funds you give change lives. Remember your childhood filled with baseball games, summer camp, ballet or swimming lessons? Doesn’t every child deserve this? Won’t you please help? In New Hanover and Pender Counties there are almost 500 children in state custody because they have been abused and neglected.
Tonya Barber became a Guardian ad Litem in 2013. As a single, working mother, she has still found time to be a voice for children who need one when abuse and neglect happen in their lives. Tonya learned that from seeing those children in her own non-profit work.
"Pinwheels for Prevention" at Pender DSS for their Child Abuse Awareness Celebration on this rainy morning! ... See MoreSee Less
"My journey as a Guardian ad Litem began with this stated reason, 'I want to be a voice for the child who cries in the night, the child who cries that no one hears.' 4 years and 6 children later, my reason hasn't changed...it has only strengthened." - Patricia Boelte ... See MoreSee Less
"I decided I wanted to be on the righteous side of the system: defending vulnerable children. My best memories during this time have been those where small and consistent acts of caring and competence made a difference in a child’s chance for permanence. In our work, it is often these deliberate, incremental steps that mitigate the effects of bad decisions by adults in the child’s life. I continue to volunteer because I only have this one life and I embrace the chance to make it meaningful by serving children." ~Mary Ann Torres ... See MoreSee Less
320 Chestnut Street, Suite 618
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
Phone: 910.343.5360 Fax: 910.343.5361
We are available to speak to your group, business, organization, or classroom about volunteer opportunities, our program, and child abuse and neglect in our community.