Thursday, October 6, 2016

Become a Guardian ad Litem and Make a Difference in the Life of an Abused and Neglected Child

The Child’s Best Interest is Our Only Interest

Guardian ad Litems are community members who volunteer to represent local children before the court, social service agencies and the community. They are the child’s voice and the ones who show the child the community cares. Volunteers are trained and work in a team environment with peer mentor, program staff, including attorneys. On average, Guardians devote 8-10 hour a month to their cases.

Guardians Roles are:
Information Gather
Courtroom advocate
Community Advocate
A Voice for the Child

If you have a heart for to help a child and change your community, you have the heart to be a Guardian. All Guardian ad Litems are at least 19 years of age and successfully complete a criminal background screening and a pre-service training program, which is usually offered within your community.

The training consists of a combination of online materials, independent studies, classroom education and fieldwork activities. The training prepares you to be an advocate and a voice for the child. If interested or more information, please call to schedule an interview.

Training for Franklin and Wakulla Counties will be held at the Sopchoppy United Methodist Church on Rose Street in Sopchoppy, Florida on the following dates:

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more Information, contact Sara Blumenthal, 2nd Circuit Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Recruiter at either (850)606-1213 or (850)445-1121.