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Program seeks to train new child advocates

RUTHERFORDTON - The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program for judicial district 29A – made up of Rutherford and McDowell counties – has two upcoming sessions for those interested in training as volunteer child court advocates.

GALs give a voice to children who have been victims of abuse or neglect. Alongside an attorney, they ensure that child-clients receive adequate and effective representation. The program trains, supervises, and supports these volunteer advocates, who come from all walks of life and are not required to have any related experience.

The children in need of representation range in age from birth to 18 years old. In addition to situations of neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse, many also suffer psychological abuse, which leaves them with mental health issues of their own. Rutherford County has also seen a recent surge in children testing positive for controlled substances like methamphetamine.

New Group One training sessions will take place Mondays and Tuesdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in McDowell County on May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, and 29.

Group Two training sessions will take place Mondays in Rutherford and McDowell counties and will be an online and in-person course. It will run 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 4, 11, 18, and 25, and July 9 and 16.

In addition to a required online application, volunteers will be subject to a screening interview and a criminal record check. For more information, call Charity Robinson at 828-287-3929 or visit the website at volunteerforgal.org.

Recently paralyzed woman seeks help

RUTHERFORDTON - A Rutherfordton woman left paralyzed from the waist down by a two-car collision in November hopes to walk again. And she hopes the community will help her.

Teresa Judd, a 32-year-old mother of two, counts herself lucky that her position as a personal assistant at Everest Textiles provides health insurance. If it didn't, she would not have been able to attend physical therapy twice a week for the past four months. Since she began, Judd said she has regained some feeling in her legs and is now able to move them slightly. This has added hope to the fierce determination she already possessed.

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