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This page contains published posts from the January 2022 archive sorted chronologically with the newest at the top.

Sheena's Story

"June will mark thirteen years since I became a guardian ad litem volunteer. I went into the foster care system at fourteen, and no one showed up for me. At sixteen, I ran away from an abusive foster placement, staying with different friends until I found out I was pregnant and checked into a program for pregnant women in crisis. No one knew where I was, and my caseworker covered up my running away so she wouldn't get in trouble. My aunt went to court and told the judge I was missing. It was Alpha House of Tampa who saved me. I stayed there until I aged out of the system and moved to Gainesville about a year later.

At eighteen, I promised that I would commit to helping other kids from falling through the unstable foundation of the system. I was on my way to work one day when I heard the radio PSA for the Guardian ad Litem Program and knew God was leading my steps to fulfill the promise I had made. I remember each child that I have been blessed to advocate for. I remember their stories and fought passionately for a better outcome. Many cases were successful; some were not. But, I believe the time spent and the love given will remain with them. Their resilience and strength will always stay with me." — Sheena, Guardian ad Litem Volunteer

rainbow photo with text of Sheena's story

Madison's Story

"I am Madison, I am thirteen years old. When my mom's boyfriend sexually assaulted me, nobody found out right away. When they did, there was a law enforcement investigation. My guardian ad litem comforted me throughout the process, and she was there with me through every step. She laughed and cried with me and listened to me without judgment. If I had a meltdown at school, she would get me and give me a break. If I was upset, she would comfort me. If I was angry and mad, she would calm me down and talk with me. My guardian ad litem has been with me through everything." — Madison ♥️

a young woman holding a red heart in front of her face