NCBA Guardian Ad Litem Program

4 Oct

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Looking for an opportunity to make a difference? The North Carolina Bar Association is looking for you. The NCBA is hosting an information session for paralegal students that may be interested in becoming a Guardian Ad Litem. It’s an opportunity to make connections as well as make a different in a child’s life. Their invitation follows:

The North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division kindly invites you to a Lunch ‘n’ Learn on the state’s Guardian Ad Litem program hosted by the Division’s Pro Bono Committee on November 14, 2013 starting at 12:00 pm at the Bar Center in Cary.

Pro Bono Committee Offers Opportunity to Make a Difference

A child sits alone and cries not knowing when her parent is coming home. She wonders if she is safe or if her parent is safe. There are so many stories of children in and around your community that need a voice to speak for them. Some of them are too young to even know they are being put in harm’s way. Some of them with a spirit so broken you often wonder if they will ever find their smile again or be able to just be a kid again. You can make a difference in that child’s life. You can be a part of helping these children get back on the right track.

The Paralegal Division Pro Bono Committee is committed to partnering able law students, paralegal students and regular citizens with these children in need through the State of North Carolina Guardian Ad Litem Program. Our Committee is able to get you the contacts needed so you can make a difference in this world of abuse, neglect and sorrow for these children. If you ever wanted to do something positive and fulfilling now is your chance. Become a Guardian Ad Litem.

Becoming a Guardian Ad Litem has many rewards. One of the rewards for being these children’s voice is that you become an active part of seeing these children through the system . . . a system which, at times, makes no sense. Becoming a part of that child’s solution, that is your own reward. Whenever you get involved with a court system you have the opportunity to learn how that county operates its judicial system. You meet many attorneys and form relationships with people you probably would have never met. Sometimes these relationships can play an active role in the contacts you need when you are trying to find a job or even a place in this world. So yes, being a Guardian Ad Litem gives you both personal and professional fulfillment.

Our division is hosting a Lunch N’ Learn at the North Carolina Bar Association’s Bar Center in Cary on November 14, 2013 at noon. Come out and learn about our project and how you can make a difference. You will hear from program leaders as well as personal experiences from Guardian Ad Litems. Both of our Pro Bono Co-Chairs are actively involved in the Guardian Ad Litem program in their districts. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the conclusion of the speakers. What are you waiting for? This is your chance to do that one thing that makes a difference! RSVP now to either Cindy McGhee at cmcghee@smithdebnamlaw.com or Annette Phelps at annette@bentonfamilylaw.com. There is no cost to attend this informative free lunch. Hope to see you there.

Annette Phelps
Co-Chair Pro Bono Committee

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