Help Wanted — New Volunteer Guardians ad Litem Needed

Become A Guardian ad Litem Volunteer -- Learn How You Can Help (850) 616-1200

Around fifty children represented by our program do not have a volunteer guardian ad litem assigned. It is essential that we recruit and train additional volunteers to fill this gap.

The Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program exists to provide support and representation to abused, abandoned and neglected children in the dependency system.

Guardians ad litem — court-appointed volunteers who protect the rights of and advocate for the best interests of a child involved in a court proceeding — ensure that independent recommendations focusing on the unique needs of the child are provided to the court.

We need your help.

Volunteers are critical to the success of our mission. As people move away, take new jobs or otherwise become unable to serve, we must continually recruit new volunteer guardians ad litem.

Volunteering with our program is a very rewarding experience, so please consider becoming a volunteer guardian ad litem yourself. We provide you with the necessary training and assign a member of our staff to work with you on cases.

If you yourself cannot volunteer, please share our need with your family, friends and co-workers.

Our website contains a lot of information that should answer any questions that you may have. Check out the specific resources below to learn more.

  • Guardian ad Litem Position Description
    • Overview and Supervision
    • Duties and Responsibilities
    • Training and Support Plan
    • Time Commitment
    • Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Benefits of Becoming a GAL Volunteer
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • What is a guardian ad litem?
    • What is the role of a guardian ad litem?
    • What are the duties and responsibilities of a guardian ad litem?
    • What are the best interests of the child?
    • What types of cases require a guardian ad litem?
    • What are the qualifications to be a guardian ad litem?
    • Do volunteer guardians ad litem need to be attorneys?
    • How much time must volunteer guardians ad litem commit?
    • Can state employees receive paid leave volunteering as a guardian ad litem?
    • How do people apply to become a volunteer guardian ad litem?
    • …plus answers to eight other questions
  • Pre-Service Training

Are you ready to get started? Completing an application is the first step. After the receipt of your completed and signed application, our office will work with you on the next steps.

If you still have questions about any aspect of volunteering for our program, feel free to contact us.

Any assistance that you can provide — whether by volunteering or sharing this message and need for volunteers with your friends, families and co-workers — is greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Original Photo Credit: David July/ --- Children in a tour group look at the eastern view from the twenty-second floor of the Capitol during Guardian ad Litem Day on February 9, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida.
UPDATE 2013-09-09: changed from "seventy" to "fifty" the number of children without a guardian ad litem; the larger figure was from July 2013 and is out of date.

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