STATE: Compassionate Advocates needed for Vulnerable Adults

 

Did you know? Children are not the only vulnerable population needing guardians ad litem in cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. By 2060, the number of U.S. adults

aged 65 and older will double, growing to over 98 million. With higher life expectancy rates and the Baby Boomer generation getting older, it is imperative for adults to get the resources, support, and representation they deserve.

The South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program (SCVAGAL) trains volunteers to serve as guardians ad litem for vulnerable adults 18 years of age and older who are in legal custody of Adult Protective Services and who are involved in cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Guardians ad litem are appointed by the courts and make recommendations based on what is in the adult’s best interest within the South Carolina Family Court System, along with advocating for the adult’s safety, autonomy, individual rights, and dignity.

Advocates interested in volunteering for the program can contact Debbie Parker dparker@aging.sc.gov or call 1-800-868-9095 to get started on becoming a guardian ad litem and making a difference in the lives of vulnerable adults in South Carolina.

UPCOMING TRAINING FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS:

Friday, June 8, 2018

10 am – 4:30 pm Registration at 9:30 a.m. Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging 1301 Gervais Street, Suite 350 Columbia, SC 29201

** Register by Friday, June 1, 2018 **

Please contact us by phone at 1-800-868-9095 or by e-mail at dparker@aging.sc.gov.

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