ANDERSON DAILY PHOTO

December 22, 2009

Who IS a Guardian ad litem?

Filed under: Anderson County — lessie @ 6:50 pm

Nicely dressed, huh? On the left is Cindy Sauer and the right is Susan Johnson. In the middle is an Anderson County Bailiff — and I predicatablly forgot his name! <smacking head against monitor> In this picture, Cindy and Amy have just stepped outside a court room  into the lobby of the Anderson County Courthouse.

Cindy and Amy, along with a volunteer advocate from Anderson County, are the posse who speak in the best interest of Anderson children, children who the state of South Carolina has removed from their families, because of allegations of abuse or neglect. If you are like me, I had no idea such a group existed. Every time a child in Anderson County is removed by the Court from his or her home, a child advocate — a guardian ad litem — is appointed by the court to speak in the child’s best interest. Cindy coordinates such Anderson County volunteers. And Amy serves as the guardian ad litem’s court attorney.

More Anderson County volunteers are needed! If you want to give your time to a child in need — usually only a few hours a month — then consider volunteering. You can literally stand in the gap for a hurting child. See the Anderson County Volunteer Guardian ad litem Office for more information.

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