• Standing up for kid in need
    July 13,2013
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    Are you looking for a way to bring meaning into your life by giving of your time to help others? The guardian ad litem program of Rutland County is now accepting applications to our program. We are seeking experienced adults who are willing to advocate for children in court.

    The role of the guardian ad litem is to advocate for the best interests of the child and to ensure they do not get lost in the court system.

    Hundreds of Vermont children are currently caught up in the court system for a variety of reasons. Some have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned by their parents or other caretakers. Others are the subjects of adversarial custody disputes. And some are involved in the court system due to unmanageable or delinquent behaviors.

    These children need someone to speak on behalf of their best interests. They are frightened and confused. They need someone to focus on their best interests. Someone to give them personal attention. Someone to stand by them and report their needs to the court.

    The mission of the guardian ad litem program is to ensure that every child appearing before a court in the state has a well-trained, impartial, supervised and supported volunteer guardian ad litem.

    We are looking for more giving individuals from the Rutland community to volunteer their time to help children who are involved in the Vermont court system through no fault of their own. You do not need a professional degree or background to become a court advocate for a child. Volunteers accepted to our program must pass a background check and receive 32 hours of pre-service training and have a willingness to learn and grow as an advocate. Our program is a member of National CASA. You will be supported by a wonderful group of citizen volunteers and supportive court staff. Applications now being accepted. Become an everyday hero.

    TONY KRULIKOWSKI

    (GAL coordinator)

    Bennington
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