The case in Union County involving an 11-year-old foster child who was abused by a social worker and a nurse is a call for more Guardians ad Litem. I don't know if there was a volunteer child advocate on this case or not. I do know that if the GAL had been making visits to the home and investigating this case more closely, this child could have been spared the trauma of being hand-cuffed to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck.
The CNN report at the bottom of this blog does a good job of explaining the conditions of the home that included animal waste in the home and a smell that was so bad the Union County Sheriff stated he could barely breathe.
At the recent NC Guardian ad Litem Conference, Cindy Bizzell (NC Administrator for the GAL Program) stated that there is a need for 1700 more Guardians ad Litem. She also gave the following statistics on the value of volunteer child advocates.
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.