Children should have the chance to go summer camp, take music lessons, play sports all contributing to the growth of strong competent children. But children who have experienced neglect and/or abuse from their parents or care givers and who have been taken from their homes for their own safety often do not have this opportunity because DSS funds only cover the basics.
A group of passionate Guardian ad Litem volunteers who shared this conviction founded the Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem Association (CFGALA) in 1999 with the purpose of raising money to fund enrichment and growth activities for our children. A Guardian ad Litem knows the needs and interest of their child and can request funds for such things as a pair of soccer shoes, a computer, funds to join their class on a field trip, a replacement pair of glasses, academic tutoring – all items that the Department of Social Services does not fund.
Through the generosity of local corporations, businesses, foundations, and individual donors, CFGALA has raised an average of more than $50,000 a year. These funds go directly to children’s needs, allowing abused and neglected children in New Hanover and Pender Counties to share in the normal positive experiences and pleasures of just being a “kid.”