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Email: GAL.District 19A&19C@nccourts.org
Primary Address: Cabarrus County Courthouse, 77 Union Street, Concord, NC 28025 (see map)
Satellite Address: 310 N. Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28144 (see map)
Counties Covered: Cabarrus, Rowan
Upcoming Trainings & Events
We will be beginning volunteer training on September 5th in both Cabarrus and Rowan Counties. Classes start at 5:30pm. You must submit a volunteer application via this website and complete the pre-screening process in order to start class.
- Salisbury -- 310 North Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28144
- Cabarrus -- 77 Union Street South, Concord, NC 28026
District 19A/C will be participating in National Night Out on August 1, 2017 in partnership with the Huntersville Police Department and Guardian ad Litem District 26. We will have a booth available for the public to meet representatives from our program and learn how they can be a voice for a child in their community! For more information on the event please see the linked flyer on the Huntersville Police Department Website: National Night Out 2017. Our program will have a booth at the 9751 Sam Furr Road address at the Northcross Shopping Center (in front of Target).
“How Do You GAL” by Melinda Nusbaum
My work as a GAL began in 2014, but my story begins over a decade before that when I was summoned to Jury Duty. Part of our orientation included a short video encouraging child advocates in the court system. It was the first time I’d ever heard the term “Guardian ad Litem.” The message resonated with me, but at that time I had my own young children and volunteering as a GAL was not feasible. Still, I picked up a brochure and tucked it away for “later.”
Years later, with my own children growing, graduating and moving out, I found myself considering how to fill my increasing availability. I felt a strong desire to become more involved in my community but couldn’t quite put my finger on how. Too tired to act on it then, I pulled out a post-it note from my bedside table to capture the idea until morning. I awoke to find “child advocate in the court system” scrawled out as a reminder. Thanks to the internet, I easily retraced that phrase back to the forgotten Guardian ad Litem program. My “later” had arrived.
Now, sandwiched between memories of my own children, I have favorite moments with “my” GAL children. I think fondly of sitting together on a trampoline outside of their foster home as they read books to me. I picture having lunch together at school as they shared worries as large as returning home and as small as cafeteria hamburgers. I remember one of them exclaiming, “We’re so lucky to have you as our GAL, Ms. Melinda!” and feel grateful that through their long, drawn-out case, during which their schools, placements, therapists and social workers changed multiple times, I could be a source of constancy in their life. Every child needs some sense of normalcy. Every child needs to feel loved, valued and heard. Every child needs a voice. That’s why I GAL.