When it comes to the welfare of children caught up in the court process, the Northeast Kingdom needs guardians. The Vermont judiciary has put out an urgent call for volunteers to step into the role of Guardian ad Litem. Any time the Department of Children and Families seeks to take a child into custody, the court appoints a Guardian ad Litem, who serves as an advocate protecting children’s best interests in court cases, which, the judiciary notes, usually involve allegations of abuse or neglect. “Right now there is a desperate need for volunteers, and too many children risk not having this essential support in their lives that an experienced GAL can provide,” noted a release from the judiciary. Abbey Campbell, a Guardian ad Litem who lives in St. Johnsbury, said too small a group of guardians are trying to deal with too large a number of children in need.
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