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The mission of the Guardian ad Litem Program is to speak for the best interests of abused, abandoned and neglected children in the courts. We promote and support quality volunteer representation for children to provide each child a safe, permanent, n... Read more
The mission of the Guardian ad Litem Program is to speak for the best interests of abused, abandoned and neglected children in the courts. We promote and support quality volunteer representation for children to provide each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home.
Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. That's where the Guardian ad Litem Program steps in. (Also called CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocates) was created in 1977 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. It is the Guardian ad Litem vision to provide a volunteer for each and every abused and neglected child who needs one.
by Sylvia O. from Jacksonville Beach, FL
I am in my 20th years as a Guardian ad Litem. We are the voice of the children in our District. In many cases, we are their only voice. To be able to make a positive difference in a child's life is very rewarding. We need more caring, empphatic people to stand in the gap for our children. You need a love for children and a desire to make a difference. For the most part, you set your schedule. Court dates are required but depending on the case, volunteers have no problem attending the sessions.