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As a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in South Carolina, inclusivity is avalue that I hold dear. My role is to represent the best interests of the child in court proceedings. I have worked with same-sex/gender couples, parents and children who have special physical, mental health, and educational needs, and families for whom English is not their first language. I have worked with families who come from a variety of religious backgrounds, and those who are firmly non-religious. 

Inclusivity is important because every child deserves to have their voice heard and their needs met, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or any other factor. I strive to ensure that every child’s unique circumstances and experiences are taken into account when making recommendations to the court, and that their cultural and individual identities are respected and valued.

This means taking the time to listen to each child and understand their perspective, as well as being open to learning about different cultures and experiences. It also means advocating for services and resources that may be specific to a child’s cultural background or identity, such as access to bilingual services or support for LGBTQ+ youth.

Inclusivity is not just important for the children, but also for their families and communities. By promoting inclusivity, I help to foster a sense of trust and understanding between all parties involved in a case, which can ultimately lead to better outcomes for the child.

I am committed to promoting inclusivity in all aspects of my work. By doing so, I can ensure that every child receives the support and advocacy they need to thrive, regardless of their background or identity.

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