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 June 2018 archive sorted chronologically with the newest at the top.

New Event, Event Cancellations, Continuing Education Library Update and New Community Supporter

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.

Event Cancellations

The following events have been cancelled and removed from our calendar.

Those still interested in the educational surrogate training can register for upcoming classes in September, October or November.

Continuing Education Library Update

One new library item was added to our Continuing Education resource center.

  • Zero To Three Journal: Infants and the Opioid Epidemic
    The May 2018 (Volume 38 Number 5) issue discussing practice and policy considerations; implications for early relationships and interventions; identifying and addressing gaps in care; and improving child welfare services.
    filed under Early Childhood, Substance Abuse, Article and Booklet

New Community Supporter

Without the assistance provided by our partners 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 addition.

Morningstar Storage is an Matthews, North Carolina-based self-storage facilities company founded in 1981. Morningstar's branch off Thomasville Road in Tallahassee provides a storage unit for the 1st Beginnings project.

Logo: Morningstar Storage

We thank Morningstar Storage and all of our partners and supporters for their generous contributions to children in our community.

Update
2018-06-04: Correction: Morningstar provides a unit for the 1st Beginnings project, not the Sweet Dreams Program

Local Event Raises Funds, Sends Two Over The Edge For Guardian ad Litem

Over The Edge Tallahassee

Nonprofit partner Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit, Inc. (GALF2) is always looking for new and exciting ways to recruit volunteers and raise money. On Saturday, April 21, 2018, they did just that by participating in Over The Edge Tallahassee, a unique event benefiting our program and two community supporters.

Hosted by Killearn United Methodist Church and The Living Harvest Thrift Store, this fundraiser supports local nonprofits by sending individuals over the edge: rappelling from the roof of the sixteen-floor DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in downtown.

During the beautiful and warm day, GALF2 board members and program staff ran an information booth set up on Adams Street at Park Avenue where they spoke with the public and raised awareness for our mission. Arguably the most exciting parts of the day, however, were when two of our own went up to the roof and then over the edge.

The first on deck was your author, GALF2 board member and webmaster David July. I had volunteered a month earlier, but did not learn that I had been selected to go until twenty-four hours prior. It was an exhilarating experience, not one that I would have previously imagined doing.

Less than thirty minutes later, Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program Circuit Director Deborah Moore appeared at the rooftop ledge and then joined the "edger" club. Following her rope descent from the roof, Moore was all smiles.

view the Over The Edge Tallahassee 2018 photograph album

Killearn United Methodist Church has been providing contributions to our program for several years. Since 2015, their iServe community service initiative, led by John Cousins, has donated over 210 beds (about $50,000 worth) plus bedding, storage and delivery services to our Sweet Dreams Program. The Living Harvest Thrift Store also helps by acquiring discounted mattresses, box springs and frames.

Speaking with Cousins during the event, he granted permission for a return to the roof to take photographs. Having just gone through it myself, it was fun to witness people stepping through the process of going over the edge for the first time. Among those who rappelled during that time were Betty and Ginger, lifelong friends known as "The 80s Ladies", and Cousins' wife Julie.

Thank you to everyone who donated and helped work the event!