Happy New Year!
What an amazing holiday season of bringing joy to so many children! We are thankful for people like YOU, who invest in our community, champion causes and who work throughout the year to make the Triangle great. If you donated money and/or in-kind gifts of toys/supplies to the Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program and haven’t received a tax receipt yet, please let me know.
This update includes calendar of events, Year in Review and link to articles published in the News and Observer that highlighted the needs of foster children and Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem efforts.
Honored to stand with you each and every day as we advocate for abused and neglected children in Wake County.
President, Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program
Volunteer Child Advocate
Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Newsletter (1/6/2014)
Calendar of Events
Foster Children and Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program in the News:
Babs Wagner, Friends of Wake GAL volunteer extraordinaire was a News and Observer “Tar Heel of the Week.” The reporter did a marvelous story catching up with Babs during her busiest time of the year for a wonderful story that highlights Babs’ efforts over the years and the work we do. It’s available at this link: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/14/3457609/she-makes-sure-christmas-comes.html
There was a great follow-up to that piece about the need for foster homes in Wake County: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/25/3485433/with-foster-placement-numbers.html The story centers on a 12-year-old foster child with a biological mother who is too ill to care for him. His father is in drug rehab. The boy is a year behind in school, and struggling. Before he came to a foster home, he’d been living in a small county-owned group home for adolescent boys while child welfare workers tried to find him a placement. Reported facts from the article:
Friends of Wake GAL Year in Review: We are proud of our accomplishments and the work you help us do on behalf of abused and neglected children in Wake County. Here are some of our 2013 highlights:
Looking ahead, we want to advocate more for foster children, specifically in the area of increased school stability. If you have experiences working with WCPSS to arrange for a foster child’s academic needs and have stories to share (good and bad), please let me know. We are also seeking ways to help defray costs GALs experience paying for parking while in court volunteering to represent a foster child.
Resources for GALs with foster children who are aging out and considering college
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 regularly with resources. If you have sources that we’ve overlooked on this page http://friendsofwakegal.org/resources_4.html, please email info@friendsofWakeGAL.org
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.