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Every year more than 500 abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes in Osceola County, Florida. Too many spend years moving from one temporary home to another. They have no family to call their own. They are more likely than other children to face homelessness, unemployment, even prison as adults. That's where theGuardian AD Litem (GAL) steps in. The Guardian Ad Litem Program was created to make sure the abuse and neglect these children originally suffered at home doesn't continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the system. As trained advocates, GAL volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that a child is placed into a safe, loving home where he/she can thrive. There are over 450 children in foster care and we only have enough GALs to serve about half. These children are placed in foster homes in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard, and Volusia counties. Therefore, we can assign you a case close to your home or work. Please help to make a difference in a child's life! **
Osceola County Courthouse, 3 Courthouse Square, Ste. 100, Kissimmee, FL 34741, US
The mission of the Guardian Ad Litem Program is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the dependency court system. We promote and support quality volunteer representation for children to provide each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home.
Guardians Ad Litem (GALS) are appointed by the judge to be the advocate for each child. These children usually are placed in foster care or sometimes, with a relative or friend of the family. GALs are asked to make recommendations in the child/ren’s best interest and to ensure that the child/ren’s voice(s) is/ are heard in court.
It takes about 5-7 hours a month of your time, and we ask for a one year’s commitment or the length of the case to follow a child (ren) through the dependency process. You must also be 21 years of age and pass a thorough background screening including a DCF check as well as a level 2 FBI background screening with fingerprinting.
Being a GAL ensures that these children who have done no wrong get the medical, educational, and supportive help they need to lead lives as "normal kids". Sometimes this is just making sure they get glasses for reading, tutoring help to pass the FCAT or the money to go on a school field trip, or to buy a prom dress or just to play Little League baseball, as well as making sure that if they go back to their parents, it will be in a safe and secure home.
Being a Guardian Ad Litem is a wonderful way to make a real difference in the life of a child.
We'll work with your schedule.
Osceola County Guardian Ad Litem Program3 Courthouse, Suite 100Main Entrance, Old Historic CourthouseKissimmee, FL 34741
March 23, 2020