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Guardian Ad Litem Program - 4th Judicial Circuit - Jacksonville

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 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.

Description

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.

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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