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ORGANIZATION: Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program - 9th Judicial Circuit

Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program
Lift up a child's voice!

Each day, the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program represents the best interests of thousands of Florida's children in the court and community. Through the collaboration of a multi-disciplinary team that includes a trained volunteer, attorney, and certified child advocate manager, 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. Our volunteers become people our children can trust, helping us be their voice. As a team together, we provide powerful and effective advocacy with one goal in mind: that every child finds a safe, loving, permanent home where they can thrive. You can be a part of Florida's award-winning child advocacy organization and make a difference in a child's life. If you have a heart to help these kids, the ability to learn, and time during the month to give, you could be a good fit for our Program. If this speaks to your heart please contact us!

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About Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program - 9th Judicial Circuit


Osceola County Courthouse, 3 Courthouse Square, Ste. 100, Kissimmee, FL 34741, US

Mission Statement

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.


Children & Youth
Justice & Legal
Children & Youth, Community, Justice & Legal


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Osceola County Guardian Ad Litem Program3 Courthouse, Suite 100Main Entrance, Old Historic CourthouseKissimmee, FL 34741



  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 12-15 hours per month
  • Good listener, patience, understanding, communication skills and good common sense.

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