The Guardian ad Litem Program provides trained, independent advocates who provide a powerful voice for abused, neglected, and dependent children in the state court system. A Guardian ad Litem volunteer represents and promotes the best interest of the child in court that ultimately ensures a safe, permanent home.
The Guardian ad Litem Program is built upon a partnership of three: the trained volunteer, staff attorney, and professional staff whose collaborative efforts ensure that the child’s best interests are broadly considered and that the child’s needs receive effective advocacy.
The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program was created by the state legislature in 1983 as a division of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. The program is also an affiliate of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates known as CASA. Volunteers are located in all 100 counties of the state and have diverse educational, economic, and ethnic backgrounds but have one commonality: the well-being of all children.