Thank you for your past generosity in helping the Friends of the Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program carry out our mission of enhancing the lives of at-risk children and their caregivers through programs which promote their physical, educational, and emotional well-being, and to provide support for the Wake County GAL program. I am writing you today to ask that you help continue this effort that provides a way for a child in need go to summer camp, participate in tutoring, get needed medical supplies or meet countless other needs that most of us take for granted.
This program is run by unpaid volunteers and 100% of your donation goes to brighten the lives of needy children and helps support the volunteer Guardians ad Litem who advocate for children who through no fault of their own have been removed from their birth families.
Each child has their own story. The National Guardian ad Litem program created stories to help give an image of the lives of what many children experience. Aisha is one of them. She is a 12-year-old who likes art and fashion. Aisha and her older sister and brother have suffered severe trauma through their lives, which was first caused by living in an environment with ongoing domestic violence. Aisha and her siblings were living with their aunt when Children Protective Services had to remove the children from their home after their father shot and killed their mother.
Friends of the Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program serves children like Aisha who are some of the neediest children in our community, referred by GALs and professionals within the court and school systems who work daily with children and families who are struggling to break out of the cycle of poverty and make a better future. Due to Federal, State and Local budget cuts to agencies that support children and families increasing demand has been seen by Friends. Without the continuing support of the community, the Friends of Wake County GAL Program will be required to cut projects permanently starting August 2013. The needs are great. Since January 2013:
140 Children entered foster care and another 550 remain in care.
71 Children were returned to the care of their biological families.
47 Children were legally adopted.
Wake County GAL program participated in 1436 hearings.
Please be a part of making the difference in the life of a child by volunteering or making a donation. Thank you for your time and consideration of this additional support.
Your check can be made out to Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program and mailed to P.O. Box 4941, Cary, NC 27519. For more information, please visit our website, www.friendsofwakeGAL.org. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.
With much appreciation for all you do for the children,
President, Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program
Liza is the Faith Filter columnist for the Cary News. Her stories of faith and lives changed by trusting in God are published about four times a year.