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Resolve to help abused child in 2008

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By Blondean Funderburk

It’s the time of year that many of us make resolutions about changes we will make in the upcoming year.

Some popular resolutions are losing weight, exercising more and paying off debt, just to name a few. These are all worthwhile, but maybe this year we could consider a goal that empowers us to help children in need – becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for an abused or neglected child.

Seventy Lancaster County children were living in foster care on June 30, 2007, according to the Department of Social Services. The Lancaster County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem program can train you to become a volunteer advocate for these children. They need a caring adult who can speak up for them and help them find safety and love.

By resolving to become a volunteer advocate, you will be giving of your time and talents to help a child in foster care. You will devote a few hours every month to visiting a child, and getting to know him or her.

You will learn how the child is doing in school, what his or her family is like, and most importantly, what the child wants for the future. You will become the link between where that child is, and where he or she wants to be.

Our free training will teach you how to become a positive, effective advocate for children. We seek volunteers, male or female, who are over 21, of any education, background, ethnicity or race.

All that you need is the desire to work with children, and the ability to donate 4-6 hours per month to the program.

Our next volunteer training session will begin Jan. 24. If you can resolve to help an abused child, please call me, Blondean Funderburk, at 286-6064. You may also visit Lancaster.scgal.org for more information or an application.

Blondean Funderburk is program coordinator with Lancaster Guardian an Litem.