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Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Child Advocates For Best Interest of Children

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Brevard County Guardian ad Litem

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Guardians ad Litem (GALs) represent and advocate for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. These children are consequently placed in either relative, non-relative or foster care. GALs work within a multidisciplinary team including a GAL Program Attorney representing the child's legal interests and a Child Advocate Manger who is a certified child welfare professional and community resource specialist. GALs meet with their children at least once a month and work collaboratively gathering information from parents, family members, caregivers, foster parents, educators and service providers to make best interests recommendations to the Court. GALs work diligently to ensure children's needs are met and that any barriers to a child’s reunification with parents or adoption are addressed.

No formal education is required; our volunteers come from all walks of life and have very diverse backgrounds just like our kids.

Most training is offered remotely on our online academy. A case requires on average 10 - 15 hours a month and a 12 - 18 month time commitment. Once certified, GAL volunteers then attend court hearings and submit reports to the court as part of a multidisciplinary advocacy team.

This will be one of the most rewarding volunteer roles you've ever had--to help children and families in our own community!

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About Brevard County Guardian ad Litem

Location:

2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, FL 32940, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts. Through quality volunteer representation for children in the child welfare system, we strive to provide each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home. We are for the Child.

Description

Guardian ad Litem volunteers advocate for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect and are now placed into the child welfare system also known as foster care and out of home care. Our sole purpose is to ensure that these children are placed into safe environments and are receiving the care and services that they deserve. It is vital that every child in the system has a GAL volunteer because these kids need a voice, they need someone to advocate for them and to express their best interest. And that is exactly what a GAL volunteer does.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

2825 Judge Fran Jamieson WayVieraViera, FL 32940

SKILLS

  • Child Welfare
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Case Work / Management
  • Youth Services
  • Community Outreach
  • Child Development

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least 12 - 18 month commitment. Pre-service training 30 hours.
  • Most training and volunteer tasks will be virtual/remote until COVID-19 safety concerns are best resolved for the safety of our children, volunteers, staff, and community.

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