Suffer These Children

True Confessions of a Guardian ad Litem

Say what? A guardian ad litem ("in law") is a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children. I have been a volunteer one for seven years. And it has been an education about the social and spiritual fabric of modern society.

Original sin being a universal, there has never been any shortage of abused and neglected children, I suppose, in the history of the world. Still, the cases I encounter never cease to stun and sadden me.

Now, I do not pretend to be a counselor, though some elements of guidance may emerge from time to time. Certainly I am not a social worker. Essentially, my endgame is to write reports to the court and stand and deliver at...


is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in New Hampshire. He is also Secretary of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau and a retired USCG Captain.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #44, Spring 2018 Copyright © 2021 Salvo |


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