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Phone: 336-328- 3170
Email: GAL.District 19B@nccourts.org
Primary Address: 176 East Salisbury Street, Suite 106 Asheboro, NC 27203 (see map)
Satellite Address: 104 W. Saunders St. Carthage, NC 28327 (see map)
Satellite Address #2: 404 A North Main St. Troy, NC 27371 (see map)
Counties Covered: Randolph, Moore, Montgomery
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From a Volunteer
I signed up for GAL training in 1999 after realizing that this was something God wanted me to do. In the past 17 plus years I have been involved with 136 children. Of these about 50% have been reunited with their parent(s) or placed with family members. Roughly 35% have been adopted after the parents’ rights were terminated. Of the remaining 15% some aged out, some ran away, and some had other outcomes.
The best part of being a GAL is getting to know and interact with a wide variety of children. It has been interesting to see how the DSS/court system works in dealing with and protecting abused or neglected children. It has also been a joy to meet so many foster parents and adoptive families who interrupt their lives to bring in needy children, many of whom have unacceptable behaviors and carry heavy emotional baggage.
One regret, being I have been involved with so many children, is that a few have been unable to overcome the family problems that brought them into care and have later become involved in criminal activity. This is offset however by the many success stories I have witnessed where many were able to overcome abuse or neglect and become productive citizens. Although the GAL primarily works alone there is constant support available thru the GAL office, special training sessions, the GAL attorney, social workers, and other GAL’s.
Written by Larry Allgood, GAL Volunteer.