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The Guardian ad Litem Association of Buncombe County’s (GALABC) mission is to provide education and support to Guardians ad Litem in Buncombe County and to advocate for the best interests and needs of abused, neglected and dependent children both in court and their everyday environments.


GALABC Annual Meeting 2018 highlights:

It was great to see so many GAL volunteers at today’s Guardian ad Litem Association of Buncombe County Annual Meeting!

The GALABC had 5 members transition off the board: Terry Yeager, Jennifer Gorman, Kim Brown, Anne Yeager, and Shari Raife. We thank each of them for all of their dedicated service!

The GALABC Board welcomed 3 new members: John Russo, Chris Hellier, and Charlie Glazener.

The Board is excited to get to work and anticipates fresh ideas and great achievements for 2019!

Jennifer Nehlsen presented a 2019 GAL Program Report

– recognition of the 50 volunteers with 5+ years of service with certificates signed by Chief District Court Judge Calvin Hill
– recognition by DSS of the 21 GALs that had children adopted this year

Recognition of 3 amazing GAL volunteers:

Pam Gretz – 17 years as a GAL, has served 100 kids
Jan Neu – 30 years as a GAL, has served 90 kids
Janet Weil – 26 years as a GAL, has served 56 kids

– discussion of the permanent outcomes for the 222 children whose cases have closed this year
– 2018 recruitment goal of 35 additional GAL volunteers achieved (85 new GALs sworn in this year)
– 2019 recruitment goal of 100 new GALs next year
– request for current GALs to help GAL staff find opportunities to recruit more volunteers (neighborhood groups, churches, book clubs, men’s groups, etc.)

District Administrator Jennifer Nehlsen thanked past, present, and future members of the Guardian ad Litem Association of Buncombe County Board of Directors for their efforts to enrich the lives of the children served by the Guardian ad Litem program in Buncombe County.


Annual Meeting

When: November 27, 2018  12noon-130pm

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville  1 Edwin Pl, Asheville, NC 28801

Join us for lunch and celebrating GAL accomplishments from 2018.

GAL Winter Social


When: December 2, 2018 3-6pm

Where: Archetype Brewing Co   265 Haywood Rd   Asheville, NC

All invited to this family and dog friendly gathering with live music and nearby good eats.

10% of proceeds to be donated to GAL program.

  • A special thanks to GAL Heidi Longworth for arranging this event



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Posted by Guardian ad Litem - Buncombe County on Tuesday, November 29, 2016