During these uncertain times, how can we help?
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Do you have a love for children? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of those who have been abused, abandoned and neglected? By committing to 8-10 hours per month, you can make a substantial difference in the life of a child.
The Guardian ad Litem's (GAL) mission is to advocate for the child’s best interests. GAL volunteers, who are appointed by the Court to advocate - speak up - for the best interest of a child who has been abused, neglected or abandoned. Legal Education is not a requirement of being a GAL, having a heart for children is!
The GAL Volunteer is the ONLY constant a child may have, while in care. The courts try to close cases within a year. It doesn’t always happen. During that time, you can be the child’s friend, mentor and most importantly, their voice in court. We do ask that you commit for the length of the case.
Children who have a Guardian are:
Is this for you? Contact us for more information and for the dates of our upcoming Volunteer Overview.
1700 Monroe Street, 6th Floor, Ft. Myers, FL 33901, US
The Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) supports volunteers who advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned children in court, the child welfare system and the community. Each volunteer represents the child until they reach a safe, permanent, nurturing home.
Locally, the 20th Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program supports volunteers advocating for children in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. 20th Circuit staff includes Program Attorneys and Child Advocacy Coordinators located in four offices in Fort Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte, and LaBelle, to support local volunteer Guardians ad Litem.
The Program is committed to providing high quality, proactive advocacy through highly trained staff-supported volunteers who often are the only consistent voice for a child's best interests.
We'll work with your schedule.
2075 West First St.--Suite 300Headquartersfort myers, FL 33901
January 6, 2020