It was the second time Charles Taylor had been placed in foster care. This time, he was separated from his brother.
Only 11 years old, his life uprooted, Taylor said he had nobody. Then he met Spartanburg County guardian ad litem L.H. Buff.
"He was a friend, and sometimes that's all a kid needs just a friend to talk to," Taylor said.
Volunteer guardians ad litem "represent and advocate for the best interests of children in family court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect," according to the South Carolina Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Program.
Jean Bradley is coordinator of the 7th Judicial Circuit's Guardian Ad Litem Program. Her office oversees Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. She said they currently have just over 200 cases involving about 500 children.