This page contains all published Continuing Education blog posts — containing information and updates regarding volunteer continuing education opportunities and recertification — sorted chronologically with the newest at the top.

Staff Directory Updates and Minor Housekeeping

Staff Directory Update

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

Eric Emery, Taylor Tachell and Shanna-Kay Turner have departed. We thank Eric, Taylor and Shanna-Kay for their service and wish them the best with their future endeavors.

Minor Housekeeping

Several small updates were made to the Continuing Education page and resource center to remove out-of-date content.

Event Cancellations and Staff Directory Update

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

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

Staff Directory Update

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

Please join us in welcoming Child Advocate Manager Melissa Moore-Josephs to our team. Additionally, two mobile numbers were added and two staffers' surnames were updated.

Rescheduled Trainings, Optima Refreshers and Volunteer Form Update

Four of this year's upcoming volunteer training classes have had dates rescheduled. The event pages, calendar and downloadable flyers have been updated accordingly.

Optima Refresher

In addition, seven upcoming Optima Refresher classes have been rescheduled. The event pages, calendar and downloadable flyers have been updated.

Volunteer Form Update

The GAL Report To The Court form has been updated. Word and PDF versions of the form can be downloaded from the Form and Document Library on the Current Volunteers page.

Rescheduled Trainings, Staff Directory Update and One New Continuing Education Library Item

A number of this year's upcoming volunteer training classes have had dates rescheduled. The event pages, calendar and downloadable flyers have been updated accordingly.

Staff Directory Update

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

Please join us in welcoming Assistant Child Advocate Manager Nicole Blonsick to our team. Additionally, four other staffers' titles were updated.

Continuing Education

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

  • Prevention Resource Guide
    Downloadable materials to help individuals and organizations in every community strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
    filed under Victimization of Children and Website

Forty-Four New Events

Happy New Year!

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 over the past four weeks.

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

New Events, Staff Directory Update and Foundation Page Update

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.

Staff Directory Update

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

Please join us in welcoming Victim Child Advocate Manager Alexis Conner; Child Advocate Manager Ashley Kelley; Victim Best Interest Attorney Amy Parker-Martin; and Child Advocate Manager Schyler Ray to our team.

Foundation Page Update

The Foundation Board section on the Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit, Inc. page has been updated to reflect their current structure.

New Event, Rescheduled Events and Volunteer Form Update

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.

Rescheduled Events

The following events have been rescheduled.

  • Volunteer Training: October 2018
    Training
    Monday, October 1, 2018
    Thursday, October 4, 2018
    Monday, October 8, 2018
    Thursday, October 11, 2018
    Monday, October 15, 2018
    Thursday, October 18, 2018

  • Optima Refresher
    Continuing Education
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

  • Optima Refresher
    Continuing Education
    Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Volunteer Form Update

The GAL Report To The Court form has been updated. Word and PDF versions of the form can be downloaded from the Form and Document Library on the Current Volunteers page.

Event Handouts and Staff Directory Update

Event Handouts

Two handouts — Conditions For Return and Incarcerated Parents — from the Legal Update continuing education event on Thursday, August 23, 2018 are now available for download on the event page.

Staff Directory Update

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

Katelyn Carmona, Rachael Smith and Tracy Wills have departed. We thank Katelyn, Rachael and Tracy for their service and wish them the best with their future endeavors.

Three Educational Surrogate Lunch and Learn Sessions Rescheduled, One Cancelled

A number of changes have been made to the four Educational Surrogate Lunch and Learn continuing educations events scheduled through November 2018.

  • August 2018
    The class on Thursday, August 30, 2018 has been rescheduled one hour earlier to 12:00 PM. In addition, the course presenter and event contact have been updated.

  • September 2018
    The class on Thursday, September 27, 2018 has been cancelled.

  • October 2018
    The class on Thursday, October 25, 2018 has been rescheduled one hour earlier to 12:00 PM. In addition, the course presenter and event contact have been updated.

  • November 2018
    The class on Thursday, November 29, 2018 has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM, one hour earlier. In addition, the course presenter and event contact have been updated.

Update Roundup: Events, Staff Directory, Continuing Education Library, Training, Brochure, Community Supporter, Foundation

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.

  • Legal Update
    Continuing Education
    Thursday, August 23, 2018

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

Rescheduled Events

The following events have been rescheduled.

Staff Directory Update

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

Please join us in welcoming Child Advocate Manager Ashley Kelley and Volunteer Recruiter Taylor Tachell to our team.

In addition, Annette Riddle and Sara Urban have departed. We thank Annette and Sara for their service and wish them the best with their future endeavors.

Continuing Education Library Update

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

  • Trauma Informed Practice and the Opioid Crisis
    A discussion guide for health care and social service providers about the links between violence, trauma and opioid addiction by the Centre of Excellence for Women's Health.
    filed under Substance Abuse and Article

Training Updates

The Training page has been updated to reflect changes to the independent study curriculum. Three downloadable resources — Volunteer Training Manual, New Volunteer Training Program Handbook and Fieldwork Checklist — also have new versions available.

New Statewide Brochure

The statewide Guardian ad Litem Program brochure has been replaced with a newer version. It is available to download in the Frequently Asked Questions section on the Prospective Volunteers page.

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.

Higher Ground Bicycle Company is a Tallahassee, Florida-based bicycle shop founded in 2001 offering road and mountain bikes, accessories and service. In 2018, Higher Ground began displaying our program's brochures and yard sign at their store, plus donated free and discounted bikes for older youth in need.

Logo: Higher Ground Bicycle Company

We thank Higher Ground Bicycle Company and all of our partners and supporters for their generous contributions to children in our community.

Foundation Page Update

The Foundation's Memberships section on the Guardian ad Litem Foundation Second Circuit, Inc. page has been updated. Their Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE) membership is now reflected.