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 2016 archive sorted chronologically with the newest at the top.

New Special Event and an Infographic About Our Program

New Event

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 event was added to our calendar.

You can also browse and access events on our calendar grid.

Infographic

To help explain our important mission, we recently published a customized infographic about volunteer guardians ad litem and our program. It is displayed in the new Infographic section of the About page and is available to download there in PNG and PDF formats.

GAL Infographic

Welcoming Four New Community Supporters

The Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program and Child Advocates II (CAII) work together to build partnerships with individuals, businesses and organizations in the Big Bend region.

Without the assistance provided by our CAII Partners CAII Partner and community supporters, ensuring children have a court-appointed volunteer guardian ad litem, legal assistance and financial resources would be extremely difficult.

The Supporters page has been updated to included the following additions.

Logo: A Dent In The Attic

A Dent In The Attic

Logo: Seminole Creative Group

Seminole Creative Group

Logo: Tiny Steps Learning Center

Tiny Steps Learning Center

Logo: T.J. Maxx

T.J. Maxx

We thank A Dent In The Attic, Seminole Creative Group, Tiny Steps Learning Center, T.J. Maxx and all of our partners and supporters for their generous contributions to children in our community.

Rescheduled and New Events, Holiday Gift Drive Update, Optima Volunteer Guidelines, New Brochures and Clock Reminder

Rescheduled Event

The Educational Surrogate Training continuing education event originally set for Monday, November 28, 2016 has been rescheduled to Monday, December 5, 2016. The event page, calendar and print flyer have been updated accordingly.

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 to our calendar.

You can also browse and access events on our calendar grid.

Holiday Gift Drive Update

The 2016 Guardian ad Litem Holiday Gift Drive event page and our calendar were updated to include event times. A new Supporting Events section was also added to display events that benefit the drive, such as the aforementioned bowling tournament and alternative market.

Our holiday gift drive is simple. Child Advocates II, Inc. (CAII), our nonprofit support organization, collects donated items from the community and then hosts a "gift store" where our volunteer guardians ad litem can "shop" for gifts for the children that they represent.

Providing an important sense of normalcy, this annual drive allows us to ensure that every child represented by our program receives gifts for the holiday season.

Visit gal2.org/gift to learn all about our gift drive and how you or your business can participate.

Optima Volunteer Guidelines

A copy of the Optima Volunteer Guidelines is now available to download from the "Optima" section of the Form and Document Library on the Current Volunteers page. This document contains instructions for our volunteers on how to use our web-based case management system.

New Brochures

An updated version of the CAII brochure has been published. It is available to download from the Child Advocates II page.

In addition, a copy of the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program brochure is now available to download from the Frequently Asked Questions section on the Prospective Volunteers page.

Reminder: End of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 AM local time. Our clocks will revert to Eastern Standard Time and fall back to 1:00 AM. While phones and computers usually update themselves automatically, be sure to set your classic clocks backward one hour tonight.