Child Protection Court Volunteer
CAC's child protection court program recruits, trains and supervises court appointed volunteers GALs (Guardian ad Litem) - who work to ensure that each abused or neglected child has a safe, loving and permanent home.
Trained GAL volunteers are supervised by a CAC Program Director to perform an independent investigation of the facts, collaborate with the service providers involved in the child’s case and assist both in and out of court to ensure that a child’s needs are met until the child is placed in a safe and permanent home. Most importantly, the volunteers establish a trusting and stable relationship with a traumatized child.
Who are our volunteers
and how are they prepared?
GAL volunteers are regular people, from all walks of life, who have been rigorously screened and trained extensively by their local program
Each volunteer receives more than 30 hours of training before they work with a child, with an additional 12 hours of continued education required annually
Volunteers receive ongoing support from CAC staff to help them advocate effectively on a child’s behalf