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Volunteer Child Advocate - Change a Child's Story

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Guardian ad Litem

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Guardian ad Litem
Become a voice for children

Everyday we see news stories about children taken from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. We assume there is a program or system that will take care of these children and make sure they are safe and well cared for. There is a story behind the story. It is of a six-year-old girl who has been moved to six different homes and three schools in two years, or the toddler separated from her brothers and sisters. These stories can have a better ending because of the trained Guardian ad Litem volunteers who work together with professional staff providing a powerful voice on behalf of these children. Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers come for all walks of life. They are people who believe society has a fundamental obligation to these children and children have the right to be treated with dignity, to be safe and to thrive in a loving hamily. The GAL becomes a friend, mentor or that special someone who walks through the dependency journey with them. Guardians visit the children and gather information by speaking to their caregivers, parents, teachers, doctors and extended family members. The Guardian volunteer works with a team to make fact based recommendations to the court about what they believe is in the best interest of the children. It only takes approximately 7 - 10 hours a month to make a difference in the life of a child. Free online training and background screens are provided. Children in Polk, Highlands and Hardee County are waiting for you to help change their story.

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About Guardian ad Litem

Location:

205 E. Main Street, Bartow, Polk, Highlands & Hardee County, Bartow, (Lakeland, WInter Haven, Lk Wales), FL 33830, US

Mission Statement

The Guardian ad Litem Program become the voice for children removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abondnoment. Our goal is to provide an advocate to make recommondations to the court about what they believe is in the the best interest of every child.

Description

Everyday we see news stories about children taken from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. We assume there is a program or system that will take care of these children and make sure they are safe and well cared for. There is a story behind the story. It is of a six-year-old girl who has been moved to six different homes and three schools in two years, or the toddler separated from her brothers and sisters. These stories can have a better ending becuase of the trained Guardian ad Litem volunteers who work together with professional staff providing a powerful voice on behalf of these children. Become part of the solution and change a child's story!

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

205 E. Main Street, Bartow417 W. Main St. Wauchula, FL 338731968 Sebring Pkwy Sebring, FL 33870Bartow (Polk, Highlands & Hardee County), FL 33830

(27.89598,-81.84208)
 

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Problem Solving
  • People Skills
  • Youth Services
  • Mentoring
  • Child Welfare

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 7 - 10 hours per month
  • A heart for children.

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