Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office-Circuit Four-Duval|Clay|Nassau

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Faith-Based
  • Veterans & Military Families

Location

214 North Hogan St.Suite 6004Jacksonville, FL 32202 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Statewide Florida Guardian ad Litem Office is 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. Our vision is to represent every child under the jurisdiction of Florida’s dependency courts.

Description

Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. The Florida Guardian ad Litem Office represents abused, abandoned and neglected children in the court and community. Through the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team that includes an attorney, a trained volunteer, and a 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.

The Florida Guardian ad Litem Office is a Guardianship type of legal representation. In Florida, we recognize that children cannot make decisions for themselves that involve their health and safety. Guardian ad Litem must provide all information to the judge and advocate for what is in the child’s best interest.

Guardians ad Litem become people our children can trust, helping us be their voice. As a team together, we provide powerful, effective, high-quality advocacy with one goal: that every child finds a safe, loving, permanent home where they can thrive. You can be a part of Florida’s award-winning, state-funded child advocacy organization and make a difference in a child’s life!

Reviews

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by Laura S. (April 13, 2022)
I have been with GAL for a year and a half and I find it a fulfilling role doing important work. They are always looking for good volunteers, as there are MANY kids who need our voices to be heard. If you are good with children and adults, have good communication skills, can be open-minded,are willing to put some time into getting trained (virtual), and can pass a background check, this is a great organization to volunteer your time to. They will match you to a case that best fits your abilities and a supervisor offers support for you along the way. I have learned so much in a year and feel that I am truly helping the children I am/have been assigned to help.
by Sylvia O. from Jacksonville Beach, FL (September 19, 2009)
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.

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