District 9 Guardian ad Litem Program

Be the Voice for a Child

The main qualifications are a sincere concern for the well being of children and a continuing commitment to advocate for a child until a safe and permanent home is obtained. The volunteer must also be a mature adult of sound character with good verbal and written communication skills. A Guardian ad Litem volunteer must be objective and non-judgmental and be able to interact with people of various educational, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.


Becoming a Volunteer

The process of becoming a Guardian ad Litem volunteer requires a written application, three personal/professional references and a criminal record check. A staff member will conduct a personal interview. A volunteer must complete 30 hours of required training. The volunteer will be sworn in by a district court judge before the assignment of his or her first case. The GAL volunteer commit to at least 4 hours per month on appointed cases.


The North Carolina Volunteer Guardian ad Litem  training curriculum is taught by certified and experienced GAL trainers and staff. Volunteers are also receive continuing education on advocacy issues. Guardian ad Litem Volunteers are supervised by the program staff.

Training and Supervision

Application Process

To become a Guardian ad Litem, please fill out our Volunteer Application. After our office processes your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. If you have any questions throughout the process, please do not hesitate to call a program staff member at 919-497-3010. Mail completed applications to:

Guardian ad Litem Program

P.O. Box 673

Louisburg, NC 27549

“Rewards often come in small packages—a call from an excited teen finally receiving much-needed braces, a student attending her first prom with a dream dress, and most of all, helping a child be adopted by loving parents.”

-Larry T.,

GAL Volunteer

Serving Franklin, Vance, Granville, and Warren Counties