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Online training offered that could help Lexington County program that is understaffed

Lexington County, SC 03/06/2024 - The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the South Carolina Department of Children’s Advocacy, is offering free online training beginning Tuesday, April 2nd, to those interested in becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Lexington County.  GALs advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children who are involved in family court legal proceedings through the Department of Social Services (DSS).


Volunteers should be at least 21 years old, have a clean criminal record, no previous DSS case history, and be able to contribute four to five hours a month of your time for a child.

 Currently the Lexington GAL Program is serving 285 children, but there are only 61 volunteer GALs to assist. While GAL staff fill in the gaps, the need for more volunteers is urgent. “We’re always looking for dedicated individuals who are passionate about advocating for children,” says LaDara Depugh, Director of the South Carolina GAL program.  


Visit for more information and to download an application. Follow @Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program on Facebook or contact to be added to the newsletter for updates and local events in your area.


Contact Lindsey Loparo, regional recruiter and trainer for the GAL program, at (803) 206-0640 or for more information.


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