District 17B                                                           


Phone: 336-386- 3721
Email: GAL.District17B@ccourts.org
Primary Address: 201 East Kapp Street, Dobson, NC 27017 (see map)
Satellite Address: HWY 89- 1012 Main St., Danbury, NC 27016 (see map)
Counties Covered: Stokes, Surry

Upcoming Trainings & Events

Training for New Volunteers:

  • July 23 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 4:00-7:00 on Tuesday, July 23 and then on July 30 from 4:00-7:00, August 6 from 4:00-7:00, August 13 from 4:00-7:30, August 20 from 4:00-7:00 and August 27 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:

June 5  New Mentality of Mooresville, NC  will present Brain Mapping and Neuro-therapy to DSS, GAL , and other community partners at 2:30 at the Surry County Department of Social Services offices in Dobson. This therapy looks at the overactive and underactive parts of the brain and then through neuro-therapy and bio-feedback retrains the brain to correct the areas of need.

June 27  ACES and Toxic Stress: Responding with Resilience  Learning to examine the ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study and understand the long term effects will be the topic for the morning and then the movie Resilience will be shown.  This will be held at UNCG School of Education from 9:00-4:00. Lunch is provided.  You must register to attend at: HTTPS://WWW.CHSNC.ORG/EVENT/GAL-DIST-17B/



Spring 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.





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