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Volunteer to be the "Voice" for Vulnerable Adults!

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ORGANIZATION: South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program

  • 155 people are interested

BE THE VOICE! We are seeking volunteers to advocate for vulnerable adults by serving as a volunteer Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem (VAGAL). Vulnerable adults are 18 and older with a physical or mental impairment, in the protective custody of Adult Protective Services. These adults are often victims of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and/or self-neglect. We need YOUR voice to help advocate for their well-being.

As a VAGAL volunteer, you will get to know the vulnerable adult and interact with others involved in their life, including family members, caregivers, social workers, and medical providers. You will gather information about the adult, find out what option(s) would improve the adult's situation, and make unbiased recommendations to the South Carolina Family Court on the best interests of the vulnerable adult.

Training is provided in person (at this time) in a one-day session, as well as two opportunities to shadow VAGALs at court hearings to see the process firsthand. Although we cover all 46 counties across the state, volunteers would be given cases near their local counties.

We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds. This is a rewarding and challenging volunteer opportunity. We really want to hear from you!

To apply and register for training, please visit: https://aging.sc.gov/VAGAL

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About South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program

Location:

1301 Gervais Street, Suite 350, Columbia, SC 29201, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem (VAGAL SC) Volunteer Program is to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected, and/or exploited vulnerable adults in cases brought before the South Carolina Family Courts by providing quality volunteer adult guardian ad litem representation.

Description

BE THE VOICE!! We are seeking volunteers to advocate for those 18 years of age and older with mental and /or physical impairments who have been placed into Adult Protective Services Emergency Protective Custody. These vulnerable adults are often victims of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and self-neglect. We need YOUR voice to help advocate for their well being.
As a VAGAL volunteer you will get to know the adult and make unbiased recommendations to the court based on what is in the best interest of the adult.
Our VAGAL volunteers come from all professions and educational backgrounds. Some are retired and some still work. They are all passionate and caring individuals who are the voices of South Carolina's most vulnerable adults.
Training consists of an all day virtual training. In addition to the training new volunteers are required to shadow two hearings in family court. All volunteers must pass a background and reference check.
We cover all 46 counties and need volunteers in every part of the state. This is a challenging and rewarding volunteer opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
People with Disabilities
Seniors
Advocacy & Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Orangeburg, SC 29115

(33.47903,-80.83224)
 

SKILLS

  • Elder care
  • Advocacy
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • You can determine the amount of time you are able to volunteer, however, we ask for a minimum of a one-year commitment.
  • Volunteers must have a computer to write reports and a vehicle to visit clients.

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