Shalena Williams is as smart as a whip. She’s been told that all of her life. She exudes confidence and politely, with a smile, informs us of the correct pronunciation of her name. It’s actually “SHAH- lena.” It doesn’t take her long to start sharing her story of life in foster care, her personal will to succeed and the acknowledgement of the guardian ad litem who positively impacted her life forever. In this success story, Shalena shares in her own words her trials and triumphs while in state custody.
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Partin Honored for GAL Service
David A. Partin of Camden has been selected as the 2012 Direct Service Volunteer award winner by the S.C. Association for Volunteer Administration (SCAVA). He has been a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Kershaw County since June 2007. During that time, he has served 30 children on 18 cases.
David is married, has a son, and works full time yet he makes time to meet the unique needs of each child in his cases. From advocating at court to working with schools, agencies and organizations to facilitate programming that will benefit his guardian children, Partin passionately pursues his volunteer work. He welcomes continuing education opportunities through in-services, workshops and conferences, as he strives to do more and be aware of what is available for the children he serves.
David told National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) that it was his dad, Pat Partin, who instilled in him the importance of giving back to the community. David began volunteering at 14 and now at 31 continues to follow his father's guidance.
The Direct Service Volunteer Award, together with the volunteer awards from other categories, was presented in April by Governor Nikki R. Haley. David was out of the country and unable to attend the presentation ceremony. His father, Pat Partin accepted the award on his behalf. Elizabeth May, coordinator of the Kershaw County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem program, joined Pat at the presentation.
Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Conference -
October 7th, 2011
View photos from the conference here.
Resources from the Conference:
• Speaker Bios
• He's 17 - Why Bother?
presented by Ampersand Families
• Overview of Drug and Alcohol Testing
presented by ARCpoint of Columbia
• S.C. Families First - Family Group Conferencing
presented by S.C Families First
• Family Finding: Connecting for Kids
presented by GAL Family Connections Coordinator Rick McWhorter
• Legislative and Case Law Update
presented by Children's Law Center
• Rights of Undocumented Children
presented by Appleseed Justice Center
• Preparing Children for Permanency
presented by the Dickerson Center for Children
• Expanding Your Comfort Zone - Gay & Lesbian Issues
presented by Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
- South Carolina Pride Movement
- South Carolina Equality
- Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
- National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
- Midlands Crimestoppers
- National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center
- Stop Bullying Now
"My Lowcounty 3" Interviews Hampton/ Allendale Coordinator
Watch the latest interview with Hampton/Allendale Guardian ad Litem Coordinator, Jan Bellinger and Holly Bounds with My Low Country 3! Visit their website here.
South Carolina Volunteer Featured on National CASA website
Featured on the National CASA website: David Partin, a volunteer with the Kershaw County GAL Program in Camden, SC, was counselor and coach to three fathers working hard to create loving homes for their children. See the full story here.
"Straight Talk" radio interview with GAL Staff!
Manning Kimmel of WRHI (94.3 FM), news talk radio in Rock Hill, interviewed the new York County coordinator Kevin Woodall and public awareness coordinator Wendi Rodgers. Download the interview here.