Office of Executive Policy and Programs (OEPP)

Guardian ad Litem

Around the state of South Carolina, diverse and dedicated child advocates proudly proclaim, “I am for the child.” Caring individuals from a range of backgrounds lend their voices to speak up for the state’s most vulnerable children and commit their time to ensure each child they serve has a promising future. These volunteers are called Guardians ad Litem.

The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem program recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who advocate for abused/neglected children in South Carolina. GAL volunteers get to know the child and everyone involved in the child’s life, including family, teachers, doctors, social workers and others. They gather information about the child and what the child needs. Their recommendations to the court help the judge make an informed decision about a child’s future. GAL volunteers provide a stable presence in a child’s life, remaining on each case until the child finds a safe, permanent home.

To access the Guardian ad Litem website click here.