NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - For 35 years, an organization that helps kids get through difficult court cases has been there for children in our community.
New Hanover County Commissioners recognized Guardian ad Litem at a meeting Tuesday.
"We are honored to be recognized by New Hanover County for the advocacy provided to our community's children through the efforts of our Guardian ad Litem volunteers. For 35 years, our program has recruited and trained volunteers to advocate for the best interests of neglected and abused children," said Linda Bialaszewski, District Administrator for Guardian ad Litem in New Hanover and Pender Counties.
Established by statute in 1983, the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program serves abused and neglected children.
Volunteers act as advocates in the courtroom for the children.
The group needs more volunteers because of the opioid epidemic, which is causing more children to be neglected and abused.
In 2017, more than 2,400 abused and neglected children and youth in North Carolina went to court without someone to advocate just for them.
To learn about becoming a volunteer, click here.