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Guardian ad Litem Broward

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Guardian ad Litem
Guardian ad Litem Program

A Guardian ad Litem is a trained, court-appointed volunteer who serves as the voice for abused and neglected children in dependency court. The first Guardian Ad Litem was appointed in 1974 when the federal government enacted the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, which provided financial assistance to states for the prevention, identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

Those who want to be certified as a Guardian ad Litem must be at least 21 years old and successfully pass a level 2 background check. The applicant must also:

  • Complete an online application,
  • Provide photo identification,
  • Consent to a background investigation, including a federal criminal records check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
  • Complete a personal screening interview,
  • Provide three personal references online with application and
  • Successfully complete a 30 hour training program. Training’s are conducted monthly. Please contact the GAL Program office for more details on upcoming orientation schedules to learn more about volunteering with the program.

For more infomation contact:

Guardian ad Litem Program
612 S. Andrews Ave., Suite 1000
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Office: 954-831-6214 Fax: 954-831-7192

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612 S. Andrews Avenue, Sutie 1000, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301, US

Mission Statement

Program Mission: " I Am For The Child."


The Guardian Ad Litem Program advocates for the best interest of the children alleged to be abused, abandoned, or neglected who are involved in court proceedings. The program uses a team approach to advocate for the children, lay volunteers, child advocate coordinators, and attorneys. Together we collect comprehensive information about the child and family, attend staffings and hearings, and take steps to further the child’s best interests. Our volunteers visit the child monthly in the home environment and make recommendations to the court as to the child’s best interests, and inform the court of the child’s wishes. We also monitor the child’s safety and well-being, as well as significant changes in the parents’ lives, which could impact the child’s safety.

Join us at our office on Wednesday's at 12 Noon to learn more about the program. R.S.V.P your attendance to or call 954-816-6214. We hope to see you there.


We'll work with your schedule.


612 S. Andrews AvenueSuite 1000Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301



  • Child Development
  • Youth Services
  • Case Work / Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Care




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 15 hrs per month

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