The Need for Guardian ad Litems
There are currently over 30,000 children that have been abused, abandoned or neglected and are now a part of Florida’s Dependency System. These children range in age from birth to 18 and are in the system due to no fault of their own. Children in the dependency system come from environments that have exposed them to things such as substance abuse, domestic violence, physical abuse, neglect, and even sexual abuse. Due to constraints on the number and types of placements, children are often times separated from siblings, removed from their current schools, experience multiple placement changes and can even be placed hours from their family and friends.
Children need to be children. They need to be supported, heard, loved and cared for. They need adults in their lives that will help guide and shape their future. They need someone to listen to dreams, fears and wishes.
You can help be a part of the solution by becoming a Guardian ad Litem. The Guardian ad Litem Program offers caring individuals the opportunity to change a child’s life. As a Guardian ad Litem, you will be able to advocate for what is in the best interest of the child you are appointed to. You will be advocating for permanency, services, education, visitation, medical and therapeutic needs, normalcy, anything that you feel the child needs in order to thrive not just survive.
A Guardian ad Litem ensures children are not just another number on a case list. They ensure that children are children and that they are given every opportunity to be successful despite the circumstances that brought them into care. They help keep the focus on the child and what is best for him or her.
Will you be the voice of a child? I am for the Child and I hope you will join me and the other 10,000 plus volunteer Guardians ad Litem across the State of Florida that speak up on behalf of these amazing children.
Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program
Watch this short video to learn about what it means to be a Guardian ad Litem
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If you would like to support the work of the Guardian ad Litem Program and the children we are appointed to represent please visit www.flgal.org to learn more about the Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation and how you can help today.