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Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 5:06pm.

WILMINGTON -- The month of April is child abuse prevention month. The Guardian ad Litem program plays a big part in helping children who are victims of abuse. Guardian ad Litem is a state-run organization that protects the legal rights of neglected or abused children. Volunteers work alongside attorneys to find permanent solutions for children. Like finding adoptive families, or providing services to help children return to their parents. New Hanover and Pender County have more than 500 abused or neglected children in state custody. Attorney advocate Marian McPhaul said, "It's a major issue, especially for children when you think that that's enough children that could fill a whole elementary school that are in custody of the state because their parents were not able to take care of them." Our region is ranked third in the state for the number of children in state custody. If you would like more information on becoming a volunteer you can attend the: Guardian ad Litem Open House Friday, April 25 4:00-6:00 p.m. 320 Chestnutt St., Suite 405

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