District 5                                                          


Phone: 910-343-5360
Email: GAL.District05@nccourts.org
Primary Address: 320 Chestnut Street, Suite 618, Wilmington, NC 28401 (see map)
Counties Covered: New Hanover, Pender

Upcoming Trainings & Events

  • Quarterly trainings offered




"One of the most significant benefits of being a GAL is the staff support, numerous in-service opportunities along with activities during the year that promote continuous learning and camaraderie among staff and other Guardians."

— Patricia B. Boelte, GAL since 2013


"Whenever I am assigned a case I 'grow a tough skin' and remind myself that whatever happens, my time spent is helping a child (or children) even if I don't get the resolution
I'd prefer to get.  That is the best part of being a Guardian ad Litem, knowing you are making a difference." ~Matthew Werner

"This has been an experience of my life; getting to know the other Guardians and appreciating their dedication, getting to know the Social Workers and the difficult tasks they have in locating placement options and providing services for the parents and children in their many cases, and learning about the many agencies available in our community, who provide those services. It also brought a different understanding of the struggles of the parents, trying to overcome the reasons that their children were removed from their care, trying to get treatment for their issues, finding/keeping a job, and finding/providing stable housing." ~Judy Hartz

“My favorite experience is that I have a child that I was able to hold at just 3 weeks old. This child is now a toddler walking around calling me by name. There is nothing like getting to be involved in watching a child grow up so much within their first few years of life and being able to advocate on their behalf. I am so grateful for GAL and the opportunities that it is opening as well as the experience I have from GAL has helped me immensely as I am studying Social Work at UNCW.” ~Kaylee Henderson

“Without a caring family, children may remain in foster care for many years and eventually age out of the Social Services system without a family to rely upon in times of trouble. I feel a great satisfaction to think I have an opportunity, no matter how small, to help these children get the best possible start in life after experiencing the worst nightmare a child can imagine.” ~ Kip Nygren



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