District 17B                                                           


Phone: 336-386- 3721
Email: GAL.District17B@ccourts.org
Primary Address: 201 East Kapp Street, Dobson, NC 27017 (see map)
Satellite Address: 1012 Main St., Danbury, NC 27016 (see map)
Counties Covered: Stokes, Surry

Upcoming Trainings & Events

Training for New Volunteers:

  • March 12 will begin the next training class to be a Guardian ad Litem in Stokes or Surry County. New volunteer training will be held at Surry Community College facility in Pilot Mountain-The Pilot Center at 612 East Main Street.  The class will be from 4:00-5:30 on Tuesday, March 12 and then on March 19 from 4:00-7:00, March 26 from 4:00-7:00, April 2 from 4:00-7:30, April 9 from 4:00-7:00 and April 16 from 4:00-7:00. An application to apply to be in the class is on this website.
  • To apply, visit this page

In-Services for Guardian ad Litem volunteers and others interested in the topic:

February 28  The training will be the Resilience Model offered by Partners Behavioral Health.  The training will be by Amanda Dolinger with the Department of Juvenile Justice.  This training will train volunteers to understand resiliency for children and give techniques to help deal with anxiety and stress.



Winter Newsletter 2019



"I believe my job as a GAL is to try to ask the ultimate question: What is best for this child? So hard, so necessary is this question — it rises above all others. Such is the dilemma of a GAL." 

— Judy Rhoden, GAL since 2009


The lessons I expected to learn as a GAL were that children are resilient and that all children love their parents. That’s not what I learned, sometimes those things are true and sometimes they aren’t. What I have learned, continue to learn, is that children are people in their own right and not simply extensions of their parents or families. They aren’t waiting for their 18th birthday to become someone. They are all unique individuals deserving of respect and consideration with a right to have a say in their own stories.



The Peanut Butter and Jelly Campaign through GAL programs in the State

Surry and Stokes Counties held their Peanut Butter and Jelly campaign for children with food needs from January 2-January 21, 2019.  The collection places were at all the public libraries in Surry and Stokes Counties.  In addition, PB and J was collected by the Interact clubs at 5 high schools in Surry County, North Surry, Surry Central, Early College, East Surry, and Mount Airy High School. Additionally, Rockford Elementary collected PB and J, along with Mount Airy Rotary Club.

All the peanut butter and jelly collected went to the local food pantry for distribution to local children.

What is a Guardian ad Litem?    |   Volunteer as a Guardian ad Litem