New and Updated: Holiday Gift Drive, Events, eForm, Continuing Education Library and Staff Directory

New Events

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 added recently to our calendar.

Form and Document Library

The Form and Document Library on the Current Volunteers page has been given a makeover. Quickly accessible using the gal2.org/forms shortlink, this library is a one-stop shop for essential materials used by volunteer guardians ad litem and staff. It contains two sections.

  • eForm — The eForm section lists the forms currently available in that format. eForm provides a streamlined way to submit forms and reports to staff. Featuring dynamic fields and controls, eForm is easy to use on any device at home or out in the field.

  • Forms and Documents — The Forms and Documents section is divided into five categories. Items are available in different formats such as eForm, PDF and Microsoft Word.

In addition, we uploaded new versions of two documents contained within the library. Both documents can be downloaded from the "Annual Requirements" category.

  • Code of Conduct
  • Continuing Education Form

We also added a new Contact eForm to replace legacy forms on the Contact and Continuing Education pages. The Contact eForm is used to submit questions and comments to our office, with messages routed to specific individuals based on the "subject" option selected.

Continuing Education

Two new library items have been added to our Continuing Education resource center.

  • Life Skills: Entering the Workforce
    A two-part, one-and-a-half hour training video presented by Rochelle Daniels, General Counsel for CareerSource Broward and hosted by Florida's Center for Child Welfare.
    filed under Older Youth, Video and Website

  • Neuropsychological Evaluations of Children and Adults in Child Welfare
    A two-part, two hour training video presented by James E. Lewis, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist for Florida Children's Medical Services, Suncoast/Pinellas County Child Protection Team and hosted by Florida's Center for Child Welfare.
    filed under Mental Health, Video and Website

The Continuing Education page itself received several updates. The Annual Requirements and Complete Your Hours Now sections are both updated for the next fiscal year.

All volunteer guardians ad litem are required to complete at least twelve hours of in-service continuing education annually to maintain certification. For the 2016–2017 fiscal year, volunteers have until Thursday, June 30, 2016 to complete and report their credit hours.

Staff Directory

Our staff directory on the Contact page as well as the Child Visitation Report eForm and Report to the Court eForm have been updated to reflect the recent departure of Child Advocate Manager Christina Chapman.

We thank Christina for her service and wish her the best with her future endeavors.

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