This is not about rescue,
so as to feel good
when the child lights up with a smile.
This is not about
the comfort of compassion.
This is hard work,
struggling with ripped families
and children in clouds of pain,
anger dancing round their hearts
in the turmoil of a world
made crazy. This is caring,
yes, but also what is just,
what should be demanded.
It takes love
and a certain measure of courage.
And in the simple act
of person helping person,
it becomes extraordinary.
Guardians ad Litem are "ordinary" citizens who are
making "extraordinary" strides in breaking the cycle of child
abuse. They come from all walks of life and have a variety of
professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds. They do, however,
have one thing in common: they want to help their community's
children. Volunteers are selected on the basis of their objectivity,
competence, and commitment.
Once accepted, volunteers must complete
a minimum of 30 hours of intensive training that is provided by CASA of
Grayson County, Inc., a non-profit organization. The volunteers
learn about courtroom procedures, the social service and juvenile court
systems, and the special needs of children who have been abused and