Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New column debuts: Ask the GAL

The Bradenton Herald launched a new column today: AskTheGAL. That "GAL" is Guardian ad Litem, and the "gal" behind it: Pam Hindman, director of the 12th Judicial Circuit GAL Program.

Pam proposed this column to me a few weeks ago, noting the tremendous reach of the paper and website in this community. She wants to get the word out: The need is great for volunteers to help children who live with abuse and neglect.

Pam writes in her debut column:

It could be a brother and sister in your neighborhood elementary school whose parents are hooked on prescription drugs and fail to properly feed, clothe and house their children. It could be a teenage girl who is a friend of your granddaughter who has had to change homes and schools three or four times during this school year.

Have a question? Email Pam and her experts at and she will consider your inquiries for future columns.

This volunteer group saves lives. Let's find out more about how we can help.

1 comment:

Pat Roberts said...

Very good idea for a column, Joan; a place where people in need of help can find answers and/or direction. Unfortunately at this time many of our young people need more support than their families can give them.