The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
With so much concern as we have in 2018 right now for Florida's children, if you are willing to step forward to make a difference for Polk's kids - here is a meaningful opportunity!
The Florida Department of Children & Families reported that across the state during FY 2017;
277,016 children experienced child abuse .
Serve in a Polk County, FL community area near you, as an adult volunteer advocate for children and to voice their rights.
Must be age 21 or older, and will be appointed by the court to advocate, and protect the rights and best interests of a child involved in a court proceeding.
Make recommendations to the court based on the needs of each child, most of whom have been victims of abuse or neglect.
Make visits to their home / foster home and visit with the children.
Monthly training is provided.
Must successfully complete 30 hours of certification training and 6 hours annually of re certification training, and spend an average of 10 hours per month working on the case (as with any average, some cases will involve more time, and some less time).
Fingerprinting and background screening is required of Guardian Ad Litems and is provided at no cost to them.
Guardian ad Litems are objective, non-judgemental & able to interact with people of various educational, economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Help make a difference in the life of a child and speak on their behalf!