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 2017 archive sorted chronologically with the newest at the top.

New Training Event, Holiday Gift Drive Updates and Thanksgiving Donations

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.

  • Volunteer Training: January 2018
    Training
    Monday, January 8
    Thursday, January 11
    Wednesday, January 17
    Thursday, January 18
    Monday, January 22
    Thursday, January 25

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

Holiday Gift Drive Updates

Two additions have been made to the 2017 Guardian ad Litem Holiday Gift Drive event page and our calendar.

A new gift donation drop off date and location has been added. Donations may be delivered to Saint Paul's United Methodist Church at 1700 North Meridian Road on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. This drop off event is in addition to those already scheduled on December 2 and December 3.

A location for the volunteer shopping and celebration event has also been set. It will take place in Saint Paul's United Methodist Church at 1700 North Meridian Road on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Separated from family and siblings, the holiday season can be a difficult and lonely time for the abused, neglected and abandoned children represented by our program. Despite their circumstances and heartbreaking stories, these children and youth still anticipate the season like any other child and teen.

Run by our nonprofit partner Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit, Inc., the annual holiday gift drive ensures that all children and youth represented by our program are able to receive some gifts this holiday season.

You can learn all about the drive and how to participate by visiting gal2.org/gift today.

Thanksgiving Donations

In keeping with their annual tradition, members of community supporter Tallahassee Barristers Association recently stopped by our office with donations in hand. Just in time for Thanksgiving, the attorneys brought twenty turkeys and baskets filled with food for those families represented by our program in need this season.

We are thankful to the Tallahassee Barristers Association and our other community supporters for everything they do for children in our community.

Tallahassee Barristers Association members donating twenty turkeys plus baskets of food to the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program in November 2017

Holiday Gift Drive Updates and New Foundation Telephone

Holiday Gift Drive Updates

A number of updates have been made to the 2017 Guardian ad Litem Holiday Gift Drive event page and our calendar.

The gift donation drop off event schedule has been updated. Donations may be delivered on Saturday, December 2 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (rescheduled from 9:00 AM–2:00 PM) and Sunday, December 3 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The session on Friday, December 1 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM has been cancelled.

A location for the donation drop off event has also been set. Volunteers will accept donations at the Florida Department of Transportation's W. Haydon Burns Building Auditorium during the aforementioned times. The auditorium at 605 Suwannee Street is located near the parking lot south of the main FDOT building and across from Cascades Park in Downtown Tallahassee.

Separated from family and siblings, the holiday season can be a difficult and lonely time for the abused, neglected and abandoned children represented by our program. Despite their circumstances and heartbreaking stories, these children and youth still anticipate the season like any other child and teen.

Run by our nonprofit partner Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit, Inc., the annual holiday gift drive ensures that all children and youth represented by our program are able to receive some gifts this holiday season.

You can learn all about the drive and how to participate by visiting gal2.org/gift today.

New Foundation Telephone

Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit, Inc. has a new telephone number. You can now dial (850) 524-6233 to reach a foundation volunteer.

The telephone number has been added to the foundation's page.

New Event: Guardian ad Litem Quilt Raffle Fundraiser

Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit, Inc. (formerly Child Advocates II) is hosting a raffle fundraiser in support of our program. Thanks to a generous offer of support from staff at the Florida Office of the Attorney General, the foundation is selling tickets for a chance to win a beautiful, handmade quilt.

Raffle tickets are $20 each. All proceeds from your tax-deductible donation will benefit abused and neglected children in our community. All tickets must be purchased by 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 10, 2017. The raffle drawing will be held on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Visit gal2.org/quilt to learn more about the quilt, buy raffle tickets online or by telephone and download a print flyer.

Quilt

Three individuals who helped produce the quilt joined by Attorney General of Florida Pam Bondi (right) standing in front of "Tied Together to Help the Community".

Child Advocates II Nonprofit Renamed, Staff Directory Update and eForm Retirement

A New Name For Child Advocates II, Inc.

Child Advocates II, Inc. (CAII), the charitable, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit volunteer organization founded to support our program, has changed its name. Their new name, Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit, Inc., was chosen to better align with our program. Although they have a new name, their mission remains the same.

Through fundraising, public outreach and volunteer support, Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit works closely with our program to help provide for the needs of abused and neglected children in Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties. First established in 1988, the foundation conducts fundraising and marketing activities, volunteer recruitment programs, membership drives, special events and collects donations.

Ten pages plus the sidebar and site map were updated in response to the name change.

References to CAII on other pages will remain with old links redirecting accordingly.

Staff Directory Update

Our staff directory on the Contact page has been updated to reflect recent personnel changes.

Please join us in welcoming Supervising Child's Best Interest Attorney Eric Emery, Administrative Specialist Lisa Meola, Child Advocate Manager Shelby Pederson and Child's Best Interest Attorney Kristie Regan to our team.

In addition, Lorraine Donovan-Lepanto and Shawn O'Neal have departed. We thank Lorraine and Shawn for their service and wish them the best with their future endeavors.

Finally, Victim Child Advocate Manager Katelyn Mastro is now known as Katelyn Carmona.

eForm Retirement

The Contact eForm (MSG) is retired and no longer available for use. It has been removed from the Form and Document Library and its shortlink updated to redirect to the Contact page.

The discontinued eForm was infrequently utilized as direct email and telephone communications were preferred. While it was in service, the Contact eForm processed nine submissions.