The hub of information for the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, our blog contains posts with announcements, news and events, articles, periodicals and additions or updates to our website.

This page contains published posts from the November 2013 archive sorted chronologically with the newest at the top.

Family In Need: Twin Beds [Fulfilled]

We regularly encounter families who are in need of living assistance but our resources are extremely limited. When special requests for essentials such as beds, linens, clothing and school supplies come in from families, our staff reach out to the community for help in fulfilling those needs.

If you can assist in fulfilling the below request or have any questions, please get in touch with the request contact. Thank you for your help!

  • Status
    Open Need Fulfilled
     
  • Request
    Twin bed
     
  • Quantity
    Two (2)
     
  • Narrative
    Two girls, ages ten and seventeen, are currently sharing a small bed at their grandmother's home. A donation of two twin beds would allow them each their own bed.
     
  • Contact
    Janay Davis
    janay.davis@gal.fl.gov
    (850) 606-1230
Update
2013-11-09: updated status to fulfilled

In Print: The Florida Bar News

Logo --- The Florida Bar

The November 2013 edition of the Florida Bar News features an article about a recent swearing in ceremony held by the Fourth Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program in Duval County, Florida.

It also summarizes the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program's Legislative Budget Request and plan to achieve complete representation in three years.

The article is presented below in case you missed it.

You can also read about and see photographs from our most recent volunteer swearing in ceremony on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

Thank you to the Florida Bar for featuring a fellow program with their membership!

Fourth Circuit swears in 75 new GALs
by The Florida Bar News

Friday, November 1, 2013
Florida Bar News

Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge David Gooding swore in a new class of 75 guardians ad litem in front of the Duval County Courthouse in October. Statewide, the Guardian ad Litem Program depends on 8,624 certified volunteers and an additional 962 non-certified volunteers who do not carry cases to help fulfill its mission to represent the best interests of children in the dependency court system.

Photo Credit: The Florida Bar News (Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge David Gooding swearing in a new class of seventy-five guardians ad litem in front of the Duval County Courthouse in October 2013)

GALs work directly with children who have been removed from their parents' custody due to allegations of neglect, abuse, or abandonment. Guardians become familiar with the child and the child's case in order to make recommendations to the dependency judge to help ensure a safe, caring, stable, and permanent home environment.

Statewide GAL Executive Director Alan Abramowitz has proposed a three-year strategy to reach full representation of all children in the dependency system, as mandated by Florida Statutes but never realized. During FY 2014–15, he said, the GAL Program will place a priority on reaching 100 percent of all children in out-of-home care, and children on post-placement supervision after reunification. This will bring the program to representing 80 percent of all children in the dependency court system.

To achieve this goal, Abramowitz is asking the Legislature for $6 million to hire 106 new positions that support the work of the volunteer GALs. For FY 2015–16, Abramowitz will ask for 78.25 new FTEs and another 76.25 FTEs in FY 2016–17. The three-year goal is to finally achieve 100 percent representation of all children under court supervision.

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Statewide GAL Program Budget Request and Plan Presented

On Thursday, October 31, 2013, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program Executive Director Alan Abramowitz shared a video from the October 30, 2013 public hearing at the Capitol where state agencies presented overviews of their Legislative Budget Requests (LBR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014–2015 and their Long Range Program Plans (LRPP) for FY 2014–2015 through FY 2018–2019.

He also shared the slide deck for his presentation during the hearing — which begins at 72:00 in the video — covering the budget requests and plans for the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program.

You can watch the video and download the slide deck below.

New Continuing Education Article for 2014–2015 Added

One way that volunteer guardians ad litem can earn continuing education credit hours is to read a select group of articles, documents and presentations on our website.

While the entire group of articles for fiscal year 2014–2015 are not ready, a new document called "Closing the Gap: Cultural Perspectives on Family-Driven Care" is now available. This is the second article published, joining a normalcy presentation added on September 26, 2013.

Volunteers who read "Closing the Gap" may receive one (1) hour of continuing education credit. Remember, you can report your hours online quickly and easily.

As always, we will announce future additions and updates here on the blog and on Twitter. If you have any questions about continuing education, please email christine.gornik@gal.fl.gov.

New Event: CAII Murder Mystery Party

We regularly host a variety of events to provide community outreach, raise awareness of our program, recruit new volunteers, fund raise and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following event has been recently added to our calendar.

Registration officially ended on Friday, November 1, but tickets may still be available!

Family In Need: Beds for Child and Adult [Fulfilled]

We regularly encounter families who are in need of living assistance but our resources are extremely limited. When special requests for essentials such as beds, linens, clothing and school supplies come in from families, our staff reach out to the community for help in fulfilling those needs.

If you can assist in fulfilling the below request or have any questions, please get in touch with the request contact. Thank you for your help!

  • Status
    Fulfilled
     
  • Request
    Twin bed for five-year-old
    Twin, full or queen bed for adult
     
  • Quantity
    One (1) each
     
  • Narrative
    Assistance with pick up and delivery is also requested.
     
  • Contact
    Kerri Posey
    kerri.posey@gal.fl.gov
    (850) 606-1211
    (850) 294-0830
Update
2015-12-21: update status to "fulfilled"

Family In Need: Recovery from House Fire [Fulfilled]

We regularly encounter families who are in need of living assistance but our resources are extremely limited. When special requests for essentials such as beds, linens, clothing and school supplies come in from families, our staff reach out to the community for help in fulfilling those needs.

If you can assist in fulfilling the below request or have any questions, please get in touch with the request contact. Thank you for your help!

  • Status
    Fulfilled
     
  • Request
    Clothing, Linens, Furniture and more (see narrative)
     
  • Quantity
    Varies
     
  • Narrative
    The family home of a five-year-old girl and her father was severely damaged by fire and smoke. Many of their possessions were lost as a result and the girl's room was destroyed. The following are some of their general needs.
    •  
    • clothing for girl — size 8, shoe size 1.5
    • clothing for father — pant size 40, shirt size XL, shoe size 12
    • twin bed
    • linens and towels
    • curtains
    • kitchenware
    • cleaning supplies
    • toys
    • furniture
    •  
    Any assistance that can be provided is greatly appreciated.
     
  • Contact
    Kerri Posey
    kerri.posey@gal.fl.gov
    (850) 606-1211
    (850) 294-0830
Update
2013-11-06: added "twin bed" to request
2014-07-19: update status to "fulfilled"