GAL

Pictured are Queen Silver, left, Chief District Court Judge Brenda G. Branch and Judith Jones, GAL supervisor.

Queen Silver of Roanoke Rapids was sworn in as a Guardian ad Litem Child Advocate on Oct. 13, by Chief District Court Judge Brenda G. Branch, Judicial District Six in Hertford County.

As a new child advocate along with an attorney advocate, Silver will be assigned cases for Bertie, Halifax, Hertford and Northampton counties, according to a press release. A Guardian ad Litem enjoys the personal satisfaction of making sure a child is not forgotten and has a voice in court as they advocate for the best interest of that child.

The NC GAL program was created by the state legislature in 1983 to provide abused and neglected children with an independent advocate’s voice in court proceedings. The GAL, along with an attorney advocate, work as a team to protect the child’s legal rights and to promote the best interest of the child in abuse/neglect court. While GAL volunteers make up a diverse group of people from various educational, economic and ethnic backgrounds, they all seek to ensure these vulnerable children find safety and permanency, according to the release.

If you are interested in becoming a Guardian ad Litem Child Advocate, call Judith Jones, program supervisor, at 252-358-7914 or 1-800-982-4041 or visit social media sites at volunteerforgal.org, facebook.com/ncguardianadlitem or twitter.com/volunteerforgal.