Guardian ad Litem - Gaston County
Steps to Becoming a Volunteer
- Be able to pass a criminal background check
- 18 years old or older
- A sincere concern for the well being of children
- Completed application
- Have the ability to relate respectfully to children, families, service providers and the Court
- You must be objective and non judgmental
The Application and Process:
- The "soon to be volunteer" must complete a North Carolina GAL application which contains their name,
address, current employment information, educational background, driver's liscense number, automobile insurance information,
reasons for wanting to become a volunteer, criminal history, personal experiences in human services, and the names, addresses,
and phone numbers of three references who are not relatives.
- The applicant must provide the program with three positive written references, one of which will
be contacted by phone.
- They will then participate in a personal screening interview with a District staff member responsible
for supervising volunteers.
- Their criminal record is then checked by the program.
- Once you go through 25-30 hrs of free training, you are then sworn in by a District Court Judge.
After this you are given your first case.