GAL + College Tuition

I am a relatively new GAL, and my first case was a young girl who had been residing with her grandparents for a number of years and was hoping to be adopted by them. Her grandfather was a disabled Vietnam vet. His veteran benefits would have allowed an adopted daughter to be eligible for free college tuition.

The grandfather applied to courts for the adoption, but his son and daughter-in-law refused to sign the documents allowing the formal adoption to take place. When I heard they were turned down, I was so saddened.

This young girl, was a junior in high school, and had been working so hard to get her grades up, to show that her grandparents were doing a good job and so she could qualify for college.

I went and spoke to my CAM about the situation. Then my CAM remembered something from an old case; she thought it might be applicable for this situation. She gave me the name, address and phone number of an organization that would be able to offer assistance for this young lady.  

I was able to coordinate with the organization that provided her with the tuition.  The grandparents and the girl were so very grateful and I was so very happy she could attend college.