745 people are interested
To represent every child under the jurisdiction of Florida's dependency courts.
ORGANIZATION: Guardian Ad Litem - HIllsborough County
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745 people are interested
For more than 30 years, the Florida Guardian ad Litem Office has exclusively represented children in the court system. This multidisciplinary team includes a Guardian ad Litem Attorney, a trained Guardian ad Litem volunteer, and a Certified Child Advocate Manager, through the collaboration of our team we are able to provide quality legal representation for 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 Florida Guardian ad Litem Office is committed to actively recruiting volunteers to provide support and representation for children in the Dependency Court system.
When a child is removed from their home, the judge stands in the parent’s shoes and has a duty to protect them. Guardian ad Litem representation is an integral part of the child’s protection. When a judge appoints the Florida Guardian ad Litem Office to an abused, neglected, or abandoned child, the child gets:
* The benefit of a MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM that includes a Guardian ad Litem attorney, a trained Guardian ad Litem volunteer, and a Child Advocate Manager certified by the Florida Board of Certification.
* REPRESENTATION of the child’s legal interests.
* SUPPORT from a trained Guardian ad Litem volunteer who is often the only safe and stable adult throughout the child’s case.
* A link to the child’s COMMUNITY and support from the Guardian ad Litem public-private partnerships. Average volunteer time is 10-15 hours/month
In Hillsborough County there are approximately 2700 children who are currently in the Dependency System. If you have been considering ways that you could give back to your community then we would love to speak with you about our volunteer opportunity.
Information Sessions are held weekly via Conference Calls. Please check our website (www.galtampa.org) or follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GALTampa/) to confirm Information Session dates and call in information.
To learn more please call 813-846-9717 - Training classes are held monthly, currently our training classes are being held via Zoom with one month per quarter in person.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Guardian Ad Litem - HIllsborough County
700 East Twiggs Street, Ste. 750, Tampa, FL 33602, US
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 Guardian ad Litem Office will continue to be a powerful and effective voice advocating for the best interests of Florida's abused, abandoned, and neglected children and be recognized and respected as a partnership of community advocates, Guardian ad Litem Attorneys and Certified Child Advocate Managers. To the fullest extent possible, this vision will be realized through volunteers who will advocate as Guardians ad Litem for the children they serve.
700 East Twiggs Street, Suite 750Tampa, FL 33602
September 20, 2023
- Problem Solving
- Child Development
- Youth Services
- Case Work / Management
- Child Welfare
- Verbal / Written Communication
- People 55+
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 10 to 12 hours per month
- Level 2 Background Screen