UNION — The Union County Guardian ad Litem Office along with the Union County Department of Social Services will hold a drop in, Monday, April 25, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and a Candle Light Vigil, 8 p.m., at the Guardian ad Litem Office, 201-B East Main Street in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
During the drop in light refreshments will be served and information about child abuse prevention, Guardian ad Litem program and DSS will be provided. The vigil will take place in front of the Union County Guardian ad Litem Office at 8 p.m. All members of the community are invited to attend and asked to wear blue to show support for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
In South Carolina, more than 3,000 new cases of child abused and neglect were filed in Family Court during 2015. Currently, cases affecting more than 6,000 children are pending statewide. Trained and dedicated volunteers are needed to be independent voices for the children.
The South Carolina Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program trains and supervises volunteers to serve as court appointed Guardian ad Litems in counties throughout the state. These child advocates provide independent reports to the court regarding the best interests of the child. Volunteers must be at least 21 years-old, be able to pass a background check and complete a free training program before being assigned to a case.
A free training begins May 12, 2016. For more information, contact the Union County Guardian ad Litem Office at 427-1984 or visit www.scgal.org.
The South Carolina Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program is a member of National (Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) www.nationalcasa.org
This story was submitted by the Union County Guardian ad Litem program.