Counties report Guardian ad Litem shortage

Judge Chris Patterson (center) swore in the area’s two newest Guardian Ad Litems, Dorothy Powell (le

Judge Chris Patterson (center) swore in the area’s two newest Guardian Ad Litems, Dorothy Powell (left) and Rhonda Dickinson Thursday.

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM.

CHIPLEY ­– Judge Chris Patterson of the 14th Judicial Circuit praises volunteers with the Guardian ad Litem program as the ears and ears of the court – and the voice of the state’s at risk children. However, Judge Patterson and 14th Judicial Circuit Director of GAL Recruiting and Training, Theresa Roberts, say a volunteer shortage can make the voices of Holmes and Washington counties’ children more difficult to hear.

By law, every child under state supervision must have a guardian ad litem.

Guardian ad Litem volunteers are the boots on the ground for the judge,” said Roberts. “But (one person) can’t possibly visit all 70 kids in Washington and Holmes counties.”

For full story and more, read the March 22 edition of the Washington County News.



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