Dear Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program friends and supporters,
Thank you for your volunteer efforts, sponsorships and support this summer! Here are just a few of the highlights of the accomplishments:
At the August Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program meeting, we learned there are 1,300 children in WCHS Family support and of those, 113 are homeless. We also learned there are 613 children in foster care. 335 of those are birth to 8 years-old and 276 are 8 to 18-years old.
This means we are now serving over 2,000 children under the age of 18 and another 100 or so who have aged out of care. On average, 45 children come into care each month and this means there is much work to be done.
This week we are:
If you aren’t a Guardian ad Litem and would like to learn more, there is a training event in October. Visit www.wakecountyGAL.org to learn more.
Resources for Guardians ad Litem
The Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program volunteers have been working to find resources to help GALs with foster children who may have emerging new needs based on a new school year including these:
· FREE Books for foster children! GALs can stop by the office to pick up books to read with foster children on visits. The books may be left for the foster moms to also use. For middle and high school foster children, there are many options as well including Riordan’s Sea of Monsters with Percy Jackson in theaters NOW. There also some books including “The War of the Worlds” that is on the required reading list for some students. Thank you to our Bonnie’s Book Foundation for the donation and pledge of ongoing support. This wonderful group plans to keep refilling our bookcases and will provide books for holiday gifts to foster children.
· FREE clothing coupons for foster children! GALs can work with their supervisors to have kids on your cases need clothing a vouchers in $5 and $10 increments will be sent. Coupons redeemed at the Junior League of Raleigh’s Bargain Box.
· FREE Computers for foster children! GALs can work with their supervisors to request a computer for a child on their case. This system consists of a computer with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office installed, a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. To this package we add a printer and a flash drive, as well as anti-virus and anti-malware software, Microsoft Student with Encarta and Microsoft Math, as well as a variety of software utilities.
· Resource for foster children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Sertoma.org is a great connection for our GALs working with foster children who are hard of hearing. We can connect you with the group for grants including a Camp Scholarship at the Sertoma 4-H Educational Center in Stokes County planned for June 22-27, 2014. The Triangle Sertoma group offers scholarships for foster children who are ages 8 to 16 years old and are deaf or hard-of-hearing kids who would like to have a full camp experience with kids just like them. You can learn more about Sertoma Deaf Camp at http://campsertomaclub.org/deaf-camp
· Resource for foster children who are aging out of the system: Youth Villages is a transitional program for youth ages 17 to 24-years old to help them find safe housing, achieve stable employment, continue their education or get job training and develop other life skills to become a responsible citizen. Raleigh-Durham 100 Capitola Dr. Suite 310 Durham, NC 27713 phone: 919-474-6400
Social Media outreach. Please “like” our page on facebook, “follow” us on Twitter and LinkedIn, keep checking our website!
· Website address is www.friendsofWakeGAL.org. We refresh this bi-monthly with resources. If you have sources that we’ve overlooked on this page http://friendsofwakegal.org/resources_4.html, please email info@friendsofWakeGAL.org
Donations to the Friends of the Wake County Guardian ad Litem program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are tax deductible and can be mailed to P.O. Box 4941, Cary, NC 27519. Please make checks payable to: Friends of Wake GAL. 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 our county's most vulnerable 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.