Volunteer Advocates for Children

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Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association

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Application Below at the End

To assist attorney Guardians ad Litem in representing the best interests of abused, neglected, or abandoned children.


We’d love to have you on our team. I’d like to thank you for your interest in helping abused and neglected children involved in the dependency system in Orange County, Florida.

In Orlando, the Legal Aid Society administers the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program. While only attorneys can serve as a GAL, there are many in our community who are not attorneys but would still like to volunteer their time to help abused and neglected children. For these individuals, we are pleased to offer our Volunteer Advocates for Children (VAC) Program. This program is designed to train, certify and supervise non-attorneys to serve as support to our GALs, as well as our Staff Attorneys.

To qualify for our VAC program, you must be at least 19 years of age, be in good health and of moral character and be willing to commit to one year of service upon accepting a case. The time commitment that is required during that year is based on the amount of time you have available in conjunction with the GAL and/or child’s needs. It generally constitutes about 3 to 4 hours of work per month that you set up based on your schedule. The position requires you to visit with the child once per month and submit a written report of the child’s status.

You must complete the enclosed application and consent to have your background checked, and then send it back to us by fax, mail or email. Attached you will find the necessary paperwork to begin the process of becoming a VAC. The process in becoming a VAC is to first complete the attached application. Please make sure to include an accurate e-mail address for each of your three references, as we will be sending them a quick survey to complete. Once I receive your completed application, you will need to attend a mandatory 4 hour Saturday training to become certified. At the training, we will explain more about the background check process as well as the commitments that we ask from our VACs.

I have also attached this amazing news story on how one of our Volunteer Advocates for Children is helping our children in the dependency system.

Our "Bike Fairy": https://www.clickorlando.com/getting-results-/-bike-fairy-collects-donated-bikes-for-kids-in-dependent-care.

If you or someone you know would like to make a difference in the lives of children as a lay volunteer with the GAL Program, please contact Sally McArthur, VAC Program Coordinator or Assistant VAC Coordinator Sierra Ross at (407) 841-8310. We can’t do it without you!

Please copy and paste link below to download the VAC Application


Email completed application to lapollon@legalaidocba.org.

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100 E. Robinson St.Orlando, FL 32801



  • Child Welfare
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 19
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-4 hours per month
  • Bring a friend. We love when our prospective volunteers share the experience with a friend.

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