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Guardian Ad Litem Program - 11th Judicial Circuit
Guardians ad Litem are trained and empowered volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children involved in the child welfare system. Guardians ad Litem function as the voice for the child, as well as the eyes and ears of the court, and make recommendations to the judge concerning the child’s social, physical, emotional, educational and legal status.
The Guardian Ad Litem Program is always in critical need of volunteers. We train volunteers who come from all cultures, ethnicities, age groups, professions and educational backgrounds. No special experience or legal background is necessary, just a commitment to improving the lives of children.
About Guardian Ad Litem Program - 11th Judicial Circuit
601 NW 1st Ct, 10th floor, Miami, FL 33136, US
The mission of the State of Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program is to advocate for the best interest of children who are alleged to be abused, neglected or abandoned and who are involved in court proceedings. Best interests include preservation of the child's physical safety and emotional well-being; permanent placement in a stable and nurturing home environment that fosters the child's healthy growth and development; and protection form futher harm during the child's envolvement in the court system.
Guardians Ad Litem are apppointed to cases by the program to be the "eyes and ears" of the court as well as the "voice" for a child in court. They investigate allegations of abuse, abandonment and neglect; and make recommendations to the court in behalf of what they feel is in a child's best interest. Guardians visit the child once a month and gather information so they can learn what the child's needs and issues are.