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Three Guardian ad Litem child advocates were affirmed by Chief District Court Judge Brenda G. Branch.  

The new advocates are Aqwanda Taylor and Candace Baird, both of Roanoke Rapids, and Cynthia Byrd of Halifax.

“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,” said  

Judith Jones, supervisor of the program.

The NC Guardian ad Litem Program was created by the state legislature in 1983 to provide abused and neglected children with an independent advocate’s voice in court proceedings.  

The Guardian ad Litem, along with an attorney advocate, work as a team to protect the child’s legal rights and to promote the best interest of the child in abuse/neglect court.  

“While Guardian ad Litem volunteers make up a diverse group of people from various educational, economic, and ethnic backgrounds, they all seek to ensure that these vulnerable children find safety and permanence as quickly as possible.”

There are nearly 6,000 volunteers across the state.

New training sessions will begin in late summer through early fall. The training is done virtually due to COVID restrictions.  

To volunteer contact Jones at 252-358-7914 or visit this link