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Child Advocates take oath

HALIFAX – Three new Guardian ad Litem Child Advocates were sworn-in Nov. 10 by the Honorable Brenda G. Branch, Chief District Court Judge, Judicial District Six in Halifax County.

The new volunteer advocates are Kenya Hale of Halifax and a recent graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, LaToya Williams of Gaston who is the AP Calculus and AP Statistics Instructor for KIPP High School in Gaston, and Tiffany Smith of Gaston, the paralegal instructor at Halifax Community College.

The new advocates will be assigned to cover cases for Bertie, Halifax, Hertford and Northampton counties. A Guardian ad Litem enjoys the personal satisfaction of making sure that a child is not forgotten and has a voice in court as they advocate for the best interest of that child.

More than 1,500 abused and neglected children in North Carolina go to court without someone to advocate just for them. Could you be a child’s advocate in court? Could you speak up for their best interests? Could you work side by side with an attorney? Could you join 5,100 other volunteers in the state to say “I am for the child”? If so, becoming a Guardian ad Litem advocate could be a great opportunity for you.

To find out more about becoming a Child Advocate contact Judith Jones, Program Assistant, at 252-574-3121 or 1-800-982-4041