On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, ten new volunteers consisting of graduates from our August, September and October training classes were sworn in as guardians ad litem at the Leon County Courthouse in downtown Tallahassee.
The ceremony was presided over by the Honorable Karen Gievers, a dependency court judge who typically officiates these occasions for us. Circuit Director Deborah Moore and Volunteer Trainer Christine Gornik were also on hand, the latter of whom took photographs.
After a welcome and introduction by Moore, Judge Gievers addressed the volunteers and briefly discussed the process from her perspective, highlighting the importance, value and essential nature of guardians ad litem.
After speaking, Judge Gievers had the volunteers form a semi-circle, raise their right hands and repeat the oath as administered. Afterward, she took a few minutes to meet each individual and pose for a photograph with them before moving on to her next judicial proceeding.
We are very proud of and thankful for all of our volunteers and the work that they do. Congratulations and welcome to our newest volunteer guardians ad litem!