UNION COUNTY — Union County’s Guardian ad Litem program will begin new volunteer training on Monday, Jan. 11.
Amy Gibson says the best thing that has happened to her as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem is having formed lasting bonds with the children.
“These children are the ones who have done nothing wrong and often just look to someone to depend on and that is willing to fight for them for a second chance at happiness,” Gibson said. “They depend on you to be their voice and that is what motivates me the most.”
Gibson, an insurance agent, joined the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem program in 2013. After completing her first case she stated, “The case went really well and was quick; the way it turned out was truly in the best interest of the child.”
Gibson currently advocates for one child in the foster care system.
“My strongest belief about being a child advocate is that if I want to make a change in my community and in the lives of those in this community then it starts with me,” she said. “This is my step towards helping those who are in need. I chose to help children that are in need in our community and being a child advocate has given the children a voice through me.”
Gibson has a message for people considering becoming a volunteer.
“I think that if you read articles or hear on the news of children being hurt or worse by someone and it makes you think what could have I have done to prevent this, then you should seriously think of becoming a volunteer. Don’t think that someone else will do it; be that someone that does it, you could actually be that difference.”
Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program may contact Stephanie Kitchens at 864-427-1984 or email@example.com
The next training for Guardian ad Litem volunteers begins Jan. 11, 2016, and applications may be downloaded at www.scgal.org.