Blake and his younger siblings were removed from their home because of their father’s severe abuse. Blake went to live with a cousin who was a school teacher. He thrived there. His mother did begin making progress on her commitments, but Blake wanted to stay where he was. [Read more…]
Hello, my name is Darren Allison. I have been volunteering in the Guardian ad Litem Program for a little over 8 months. The work is probably the most rewarding opportunity I have ever had. I have been fortunate to be able to advocate for 3 boys here in our greater Wilmington community. [Read more…]
Patrick Miller, as an electrical engineer with his own sales firm, is emphatic that every case he’s been involved with has been a success in some way. Patrick focuses on the children in Pender County, covered by the 5th District GAL program along with New Hanover County. [Read more…]
Shirley Hart Berry has been a Guardian ad Litem for a decade, helping more than 40 children who had been abused or neglected and come into the custody of the Department of Social Services.
Ms. Berry, who served as chair of the English Department at Cape Fear Community College, became a Guardian in 2003, the year she retired. She has specialized in working with teens who make up over 25% of the children in custody in New Hanover County. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
Betsy Kahn has found the direct impact she has had on children in the foster care system both “powerful and humbling.”
Betsy become a Guardian ad Litem in 2005. She had always been active on non-profit Boards, but soon found herself “de-boarding” to focus more time on her Guardian ad Litem cases. Sharing happy tears with the mother of one of her families as she reunited with her children is just one of the rewards that followed. [Read more…]