District 9 Guardian ad Litem Program

Be the Voice for a Child

“The Judge may not have the opportunity to look into a child’s eyes and hear his story direct. We are the messengers for these children.”

-Debbie T., GAL Volunteer


Photo Credit National CASA

Welcome to the District 9 Guardian ad Litem Program!

The District 9 Guardian ad Litem Program serves the counties of Franklin, Vance, Warren, and Granville. Our mission is to provide trained and independent advocates to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in the state court system, and to work towards a plan that ensures that these children are in a safe, permanent home.




The Starfish


As the old man walked the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea.

Finally catching up with the youth, he asked him why he was doing this. The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun.

“But the beach goes on for miles, and there are millions of starfish,” countered the old man. “How can your effort make a difference?”

The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it into the safety of the waves. “It makes a difference to this one,” he said.


To contact us:

Henderson Office

Phone: 252-430-5121

Fax: 252-430-5101


Wynona Thomas, Program Supervisor

Email: wynona.m.thomas@nccourts.org

Louisburg Office

Phone: 919-497-3010

Fax: 919-497-5504


Mary Jo Van Horne, District Administrator

Email: mary.j.vanhorne@nccourts.org


Samantha Branch, Program Specialist

Email: samantha.r.branch@nccourts.org

Serving Franklin, Vance, Granville, and Warren Counties