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This page contains published posts from the March 2014 archive sorted chronologically with the newest at the top.

Local Volunteer In Milestone 9,000th Volunteer Group

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program issued a press release announcing having reached a milestone of 9,000 volunteer guardians ad litem in the program.

An important step toward the goal of one-hundred percent representation, this milestone of 9,000 volunteers is being represented by seven individuals who together characterize the exceptional quality of Florida's guardians ad litem.

The Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program is proud to have one of our own volunteers, Kambria Emanuel Anderson, as part of this special group.

In celebration of the milestone, Circuit Director Deborah Moore spoke with Anderson and what it means for her to volunteer with our program.

Local Volunteer One of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program
Milestone 9,000th Volunteers

by Deborah Moore

Friday, March 28, 2014
Press Release

Tallahassee, Florida — Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program, announced today that the Program has reached a milestone of 9,000 GAL volunteers providing a voice in court for Florida's abused, abandoned or neglected children.

The GAL Program's 9,000th volunteer is actually a group of seven individuals who characterize the exceptional quality of GAL volunteers in the GAL Program. Kambria Emanuel Anderson, a Tallahassee resident, is one of the Guardian ad Litem's 9000th members. She is very pleased to be able to contribute to the GAL Program in her hometown of Tallahassee, Florida. As a state of Florida employee, Anderson is able to use administrative leave to work with worthy programs such as the GAL. As an Assistant General Counsel with the Florida Department of Corrections, protecting the safety of Florida's families is a primary mission for her.

"Throughout my life I have had the support of my family, mentors and teachers to help me reach my educational and professional goals. I want to make sure the children in my community are safe and secure and feel confident in knowing that they truly can be and do anything they put their minds to," said Anderson. "I know that the Guardian ad Litem Program has a similar interest in this goal and that's why I chose to give my time to their efforts."

Guardian ad Litem volunteers advocate in court for the best interests of Florida's children who are abused, abandoned or neglected. GAL volunteers ensure that during what is certainly the most difficult time in a child's life, the child has a consistent advocate who listens to them, makes sure the court hears their voice and advocates for their needs.

In making the announcement Abramowitz stated, "Our 9,000th volunteer represents great progress in obtaining our goal of 100 percent representation for all of Florida's dependent children. However, we know the only number that really matters is ONE. One voice, for one child, who needs one permanent, safe, and stable home. We hope many more potential GAL volunteers will make that one important decision to provide their time and passion for children and help us reach our goal of 100 percent representation."

To learn more about volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem visit www.gal2.org or call (850) 606-1213.

New Events: Continuing Education Training

We regularly host, sponsor and support a variety of events that provide community outreach, increase awareness of our program, help recruit new volunteers, raise funds and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following events were recently added to our calendar.

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In addition, we also added a new link — "Teaching Children to Calm Themselves" — to the Additional Resources list on our dedicated Current Volunteers page.

Feedback Wanted: Volunteer Satisfaction Survey Now Open

Attention Volunteers!

As a volunteer guardian ad litem, your work and dedication are essential to ensuring the safety and well-being of vulnerable children and youth in our community. You are at the core of our program and without your contributions, we would be ill-equipped to meet our mission and advocate for every child's best interest.

It is therefore vital that we get your feedback, assess volunteer satisfaction and identify areas in need of improvement. To that end, Circuit Director Deborah Moore and our program staff have developed a brief, twenty-four question survey.

The survey will be open until Friday, March 28, 2014 and should take ten minutes or less.

Your feedback is critical to the continued improvement and success of the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, so we thank you in advance for your time and sharing your honest opinions. If you have any questions about the survey, feel free to contact our office.

Thank you for all that you do!

New Events: Safety Fair and Continuing Education

We regularly host, sponsor and support a variety of events that provide community outreach, increase awareness of our program, help recruit new volunteers, raise funds and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following events were recently added to our calendar.

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Kudos: Four Outstanding Volunteers

We have worked with a lot of amazing guardians ad litem recently. Kudos to the following four volunteers who made a difference!

  • Barbara Donaldson
    Kudos to Barbara for putting in a lot of time and work on a very difficult case and always making herself available when something comes up. Barbara is also the child's educational surrogate and put a tremendous amount of work into seeking out the proper school placement for her. Amazing job, Barbara!
     
  • Tom Cordi
    Kudos to Tom for refusing to let his seventeen-year-old slip through the cracks. Thank you, Tom, for your intense advocacy in helping to meet your youth's educational needs.
     
  • Jane and Pat Dallet
    Kudos to Jane and Pat for hanging in there over the past five years, continually advocating for one young man who definitely needs them. They have encouraged, guided and been there for him. They even lectured him when he needed it! With his eighteenth birthday around the corner, they advocated for him to be placed in a driver's education class so he could get his license before moving out on his own. In helping him to prepare for independence, they have taken him on tours of college and vocational school campuses and provided him with opportunities to work and volunteer. Thank you, Jane and Pat, for your determination and dedication to this youth.
     
  • Anne Martin
    Kudos to Anne for sticking with a very frustrating case. The youth is just an infant and has provided, by far, the most joyous interaction she has had with anyone in the case. She has made herself available to assist both of the parents throughout in order to help them complete their case plan tasks. This has not been easy due to the parent's mental health issues, but Anne has handled those situations with grace. Thank you, Anne, for your patience and understanding in dealing with this difficult and highly contested case.
Original Photo Credit: WoodleyWonderworks --- thank you note for every language ('thank you' written in various languages)

New Event: Continuing Education Training

We regularly host, sponsor and support a variety of events that provide community outreach, increase awareness of our program, help recruit new volunteers, raise funds and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following events were recently added to our calendar.

Icon: Book Continuing Education

In addition, we recently added a new link to our Current Volunteers resource page. You can find "Working with Child Welfare Professionals" under Additional Resources.

New Events, March Training and Event Updates

We regularly host, sponsor and support a variety of events that provide community outreach, increase awareness of our program, help recruit new volunteers, raise funds and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following events were recently added to our calendar.

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In addition, the following blog post and event flyer were updated.

New Events: Children's Week and Continuing Education

We regularly host, sponsor and support a variety of events that provide community outreach, increase awareness of our program, help recruit new volunteers, raise funds and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following events were recently added to our calendar.

Icon: Book Continuing Education
Icon: Special Events Special Events
  • Advocacy Training Workshop: Making Your Case
  • Thursday, March 27, 2014
     
  • Guided Tours of the Capitol
  • Monday, April 7, 2014
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014
     
  • Awards Dinner and Reception
  • Monday, April 7, 2014
     
  • Children's Week Breakfast
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014
     
  • Press Conference and the "Hanging of the Hands"
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014
     
  • Legislative Reading Corner
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014
     
  • Children's Week Luncheon
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014
     
  • Florida Youth SHINE Youth Advocacy Workshop
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014