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Volunteer Guardian ad Litems Sought
web posted April 1, 2011
In 2010, more than 9,000 South Carolina children were abused or
neglected by their own families. The actual figure is probably much
higher, as this number represents only those children involved in the
Family Court system. There are cases of abuse or neglect in every
county of the state. As caring and concerned citizens, we must do
everything in our power to protect and nurture these vulnerable
SC law requires a Volunteer Guardian ad Litem be appointed for any
child whose family is involved with the Department of Social Services
through the Family Court System. In 2010, more than 2,500 South
Carolina citizen volunteers met the challenge and worked as advocates
for these children.
Their reasons are admirable-they believe every child should have an
adult to listen to them and help guide them to a safe and secure
future. That is the mission of our Program and every person who
volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem.
In 1983, President Reagan proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention
Month. The recognition of abuse and neglect of our nation’s children
was an important first step.
But 27 years later, it is still a crisis in our country. Nationwide,
approximately 3.3 million allegations of child abuse and neglect
involving 6 million children were made to Child Protective Service
agencies in 2008.
It is unthinkable that we allow children to endure the horrors of
abuse, and fail to give them the protection they deserve.
It is imperative that we all take responsibility to ensure each child
has the opportunity to grow up in a safe, loving, and nurturing home.
One way you can help is to join the over 2,000 volunteers in South
Carolina who stand up to be a child’s voice!
Please contact your Edgefield County office to get involved and be a
positive difference in the future of a child. (Edgefield County number
is 637-9614) Source: US Department of Health and Human Services,
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. (2009). Child
Maltreatment 2008. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office. acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm08/
Desiree’ B. Council – County Coordinator
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