District 17B                                                           


Phone: 336-386- 3721
Email: GAL.District17B@ccourts.org
Primary Address: 201 East Kapp Street, Dobson, NC 27017 (see map)
Satellite Address: 1012 Main St., Danbury, NC 27016 (see map)
Counties Covered: Stokes, Surry

Upcoming Trainings & Events

Training for New Volunteers:

  • Sept 18 – Oct 23 : Tuesdays from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Pilot Center of Surry Community College 612 East Main Street, Pilot Mountain, N 27041
  • To apply, visit this page

In-Services for Guardian ad Litem volunteers and others interested in the topic:

  • August 16th In-Service: New DSS Policies & Families First Act

    Time:4-7 pm.  Location: Pilot Center of Surry Community College, 612 East Main Street, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041

    • Open to the Public




"I believe my job as a GAL is to try to ask the ultimate question: What is best for this child? So hard, so necessary is this question — it rises above all others. Such is the dilemma of a GAL." 

— Judy Rhoden, GAL since 2009


The lessons I expected to learn as a GAL were that children are resilient and that all children love their parents. That’s not what I learned, sometimes those things are true and sometimes they aren’t. What I have learned, continue to learn, is that children are people in their own right and not simply extensions of their parents or families. They aren’t waiting for their 18th birthday to become someone. They are all unique individuals deserving of respect and consideration with a right to have a say in their own stories.




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