Serving Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties in northwest Florida, the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program is part of a statewide coalition of community advocates and professional staff providing a powerful voice on behalf of Florida's abused and neglected children.
Our mission is simple: advocating for the child's best interest is our only interest.
With the support of individuals, businesses and organizations in the community, our program:
- recruits attorneys and non-lawyers to serve as guardian ad litem advocates who protect the rights of and advocate for the best interests of a child involved in a dependency court proceeding;
- ensures the immediate financial, health, educational and social needs are being met; and
- hosts a variety of community outreach to promote awareness.
Answers to frequently asked questions about guardians ad litem and our program.
About Child Advocates II, Inc., the not-for-profit volunteer organization established to support our program.
The leadership structure of our program including biographies and the statewide program.
Topics providing help and tips for using and finding information on our website.
We are very proud of our staff, who prove on a daily basis that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can make a difference in the world. If you do not know with whom you need to speak or for general correspondence, please visit the Contact page.
(850) 606-1218 Office
(850) 294-7545 Mobile
Laurie Williams Administrative Assistant
(850) 606-1212 Office
Susan Wood-Merritt Secretary
(850) 606-1217 Office
Shardaye Moore Secretary
(850) 606-1230 Office
(850) 606-1228 Office
(850) 606-1221 Office
(850) 661-8086 Mobile
Brenna Radigan Child Advocacy Coordinator
(850) 606-1211 Office
(850) 545-8136 Mobile
Caitlyn Kio Child Advocacy Coordinator
(850) 606-1219 Office
(850) 545-8543 Mobile
Jessica Herndon Child Advocacy Coordinator
(850) 606-1225 Office
(850) 294-0830 Mobile
Kimberly Nester Child Advocacy Coordinator
(850) 606-1226 Office
(850) 274-4150 Mobile
Tiffany Ottley-Hymes Child Advocacy Coordinator
(850) 606-1215 Office
(850) 445-8642 Mobile
(850) 606-1227 Office
(850) 294-1072 Mobile
Lorraine Donovan-Lepanto Supervising Program Attorney
(850) 606-1214 Office
(850) 545-0518 Mobile
Valentina Villalobos Program Attorney
(850) 606-1220 Office
(850) 363-9485 Mobile
(850) 627-4180 General
(850) 627-2336 Fax
Lillian Walker Secretary
Christina Chapman Child Advocacy Coordinator
(850) 627-7569 Office
(850) 294-3892 Mobile
Jennie Shepard Program Attorney
(850) 627-5505 Office
(850) 445-1011 Mobile