Help Protect Vulnerable Adults! Volunteer as a Pro Bono GAL . . .

Help Protect South Carolina’s Vulnerable Adults!

Volunteer Today as a Pro Bono Attorney Guardian Ad Litem in APS Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation Cases!

On November 20, 2009, the Supreme Court of South Carolina amended Rule 608 so that attorneys will no longer be appointed as Guardians ad Litem (GALs) in Family Court. This amendment takes effect NEXT WEEK on July 1, 2010. (http://www.sccourts.org/whatsnew/displayWhatsNew.cfm?indexId=600)
While there are GAL programs in effect to cover DSS Child Protective cases, there are no such programs for Adult Protective cases.
South Carolina APS Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Cases 2007-2009
The Need is Great

An ad hoc group has formed to develop a plan to address the GAL system for Emergency Adult Protective Service cases. The group has decided to implement a six-month stop gap in which volunteer attorneys will serve as GALs in APS cases until December 2010.

Attorneys interested in volunteering to serve as volunteer GALs in APS cases should contact Cindy Coker at (803) 799-6653, ext. 142 or ccoker@scbar.org.

Volunteers will receive pro bono credit for appointments.

-RFW

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