Grant will help recruit program volunteers

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By The Staff

The Lancaster County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program was recently awarded a $10,000 grant by Jewelers for Children.

The grant will be used to increase recruitment of volunteers in Lancaster County. The Lancaster GAL program serves 51 abused and neglected children.

The goal of GAL is to provide a volunteer advocate for all children involved in the family court system due to abuse or neglect.

Jewelers for Children is an organization comprised of manufacturers, retail jewelers, watch companies and trade associations who have united to benefit children in need.

Jewelers for Children, established in 1999, has invested more than $23 million in programs that serve children who have been affected by catastrophic illness or who have suffered life-threatening abuse and neglect.

Lancaster County GAL recruits residents to become volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children.

Guardian ad Litem volunteers work one-on-one with children to learn as much as they can about the child's hopes and dreams for their future.

They play a vital role in determining the best interests of children and reporting these findings to the court. Volunteers work to find a safe, nurturing, permanent home for the child as quickly as possible.

For details about how you can become a volunteer, call Blondean Funderburk at 286-6064.

You may also visit www.oepp.sc.gov/gal/ for more information or to download an application.