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ORGANIZATION: The State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Office - Circuit Seventeen

  • 65 people are interested

Men - Can you help a child in need?

The Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office is a state-funded agency that trains and supports volunteer advocates (known as Guardians ad Litem Volunteers) to be a part of a multi-disciplinary child advocacy team. The Florida Guardian ad Litem Office represents the best interests of abused and neglected children. With the help of a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer, a child is half as likely to languish in foster care and more likely to find a safe and permanent home the child can thrive.

We do our best to match volunteers with cases that fit their skills and interests, and we want to add more men to our volunteer roster. Do you work well with younger kids? One-third of our cases involve these most vulnerable children.

Do you speak teenager? Then help us reach older youth! Do you have a background in the medical field? We need people with your experience to help untangle years of untreated symptoms. What about education? Please help us ensure that each child has the tools s/he needs to become a successful adult. Use what you know--and love--to serve kids who so desperately need someone to fight for them.

This is one of few opportunities where a single, caring person can make a real difference in the life of a vulnerable child. Every child deserves the right to thrive, be treated with dignity, and live in a safe, loving home. Become a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer to ensure every child gets a fighting chance!

Guardians ad Litem Volunteers
devote 10-15 hours a month to their case, sometimes more depending on circumstances. While much of their work can be scheduled at your convenience (like meeting with the child or obtaining records), volunteers need occasional daytime availability for court appearances. These court appearances are planned in advance and usually occur Monday through Friday afternoons.

To qualify as a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer, applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a background clear of felony charges, domestic violence convictions, or any history of child endangerment.

Guardians ad Litem Volunteers complete 30 hours of pre-service training and are supported by a dedicated staff, including case coordinators and Guardian ad Litem Attorneys.

Guardian ad Litem Volunteers come from all walks of life but have a few things in common: good judgment, determination, an inquisitive mind, and a heart for children and youth in need. So, if this is you, attend one of our monthly information sessions by calling 954-831-6214 or click on the, I want to help button, and we will get right back to you.

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About The State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Office - Circuit Seventeen


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

Mission Statement

Mission: To provide the most vulnerable children in Florida with an adult from their community who will be a consistent, positive presence in the child’s life as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes an attorney, child welfare professional and hopefully a community volunteer providing the highest quality community advocacy and legal representation to protect each child’s legal interests. To provide dependency judges with thorough and accurate information regarding the children under the court’s jurisdiction.


The Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office represents abused, abandoned and neglected children in the courtroom and the community. Through the collaboration of a multi-disciplinary team that includes a Guardian ad Litem Attorney, child welfare professional, and hopefully a trained volunteer, our team provides quality legal representation for the best interests of abused, neglected, and abandoned children while assisting the child in expressing their needs and wishes. Our unique approach allows us to support the whole child, addressing their physical, educational, mental, emotional, social, and legal needs.

The Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office is a Guardianship type of legal representation. In Florida, we recognize that children cannot make decisions for themselves that involve their health and safety. Guardians ad Litem must provide all information to the judge about the child and advocate for what is in the child’s best interest.

Guardians ad Litem become people our children can trust, helping us be their voice. As a team together, we provide powerful, effective, high-quality advocacy with one goal: that every child finds a safe, loving, permanent home where they can thrive.

You can be a part of Florida’s award-winning, state-funded child advocacy organization and make a difference in a child’s life. Learn more about how you can become a child advocate or support the Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation, which provides support and additional resources for Florida Guardian ad Litem and the families we serve.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Justice & Legal
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Justice & Legal


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612 South Andrews AvenueSuite 1000Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


  • Mentoring
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Advocacy
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible/varies; typically 10-15 hours per month.

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