I decided to become a GAL because I felt it was a good way to get back into the practice of law after I had taken some time off to have my children and be at home with them, and it is a way to be of service to children and families, some of whom are in difficult circumstances.
I have been a GAL since 2008, and have worked with over 40 children.
I like making sure children are in the best possible placements, and getting any help they might need, such as counseling and tutoring.
I have only worked with one CASA so far, and he and I communicate very well about the different issues facing the family. He has been a huge help to me on the case.
Being a GAL has made me appreciate how lucky I am to have my own family; I also like knowing I might have a positive impact on children and their families.
I would tell new GALs that this work can be very challenging and time-consuming, but also very rewarding.
I love to spend my free time reading, and I have four children ages 16-23 and two Boston terrier dogs, who are like my own children.