Letters to the Editor

What you’re saying: Nicole Roman, Alan Culton

An invaluable service

Volunteer Guardians ad Litem provide an invaluable service to the community by advocating for children in the foster care system.

The goal of the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program is to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children and actively work toward a safe and permanent home for every child as quickly as possible. Guardian ad Litem volunteers bring a unique and powerful presence into the courtroom that truly helps the court understand what the child needs and deserves. The role of the GAL requires a great deal of compassion and the ability to withhold judgment, but also the tenacity to ask a lot of questions. We need members of our community to service in this crucial role.

The Orange and Chatham County GAL Program is part of the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, which recruits, trains and supervises volunteer advocates in every county across the state to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in the state court system. Volunteer advocates work with an attorney to form a plan that ensures these children are placed in a safe, permanent home.

The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program thrives on volunteerism, and its vital work is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact the Chatham County GAL office at 919-968-2088. You can also find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem.

Nicole Roman

Guardian ad Litem District Administrator

District 15B

Trump and the Russians

After the U.S. shot down a Syrian jet the Russians suspended a hotline between Russian and American military in Syria, the purpose of which was to avoid a military mistake.

The Trump administration has urged that these communications be reopened. Mueller call the office, Trump has attempted collusion with the Russians.

Alan Culton

Chapel Hill