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.

Five New Events: Continuing Education and November Training For New Volunteers

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.

New Training, Event Rescheduled, Form and Document Library Updates Plus Continuing Education

New Training 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: October 2017
    Training
    Monday, October 2
    Thursday, October 4
    Monday, October 5
    Monday, October 9
    Wednesday, October 11
    Thursday, October 12

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

Event Rescheduled

The Educational Surrogate Training class originally scheduled on Monday, September 25 has been moved to Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the same time, 12:00 PM–1:00 PM. Our event page, print flyer and calendar have been updated accordingly.

Form and Document Library

One updated document is now available to download in the Form and Document Library on the Current Volunteers page.

  • Transportation Guidelines and Forms
    filed under Forms and Documents: Standards and Guidelines

Continuing Education

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

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
    An article by Kathryn Shea with The Florida Center for Early Childhood published in the Summer 2017 issue of the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education.
    filed under Early Childhood and Article

New Events: September Training and Continuing Education

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.

Five New Events, Staff Directory Update and New Guidelines Document

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.

Senior Secretary Susan Wood-Merritt has departed. We thank Susan for her service and wish her the best with her future endeavors.

New Optima Guidelines

A new guidelines document has been added to the Form and Document Library on the Current Volunteers page.

Volunteers can now download the "Optima Contact Log Guidelines for Child Visit" document in PDF and Microsoft Word formats.

Four New Events Plus Report to the Court eForm Retirement

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.

eForm Retirement

We have retired another one of our eForms in favor of a replacement within Optima, our web-based case management system.

The Report to the Court eForm (RTC) is discontinued and no longer available for use. The shortlink previously in place now redirects to Optima for backward compatibility.

The discontinued eForm was extremely valuable to our program. While it was in service, the Report to the Court eForm processed eighty-three submissions.

Two New Events, Staff Directory and eForm Updates Plus Our Program In The Newspaper

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.

Staff Directory and eForm Updates

Our staff directory on the Contact page and our Report to the Court eForm have been updated to reflect recent personnel changes.

Child Advocate Manager Zachary Lang has departed. We thank Zach for his service and wish him the best with his future endeavors.

In Print: Tallahassee Democrat

Two pieces about our program recently appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. The articles are reproduced below.

Thank you to the Tallahassee Democrat for sharing our program with their readers.

Letter: Join volunteers to help protect children
by Deborah Moore

Tallahassee Democrat
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April is National Child Abuse and Prevention month and National Volunteer Week is April 23–29. The Guardian ad Litem Program supports the national effort to raise awareness about child abuse and the impact a volunteer can make in our community. By working with volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson, Franklin and Liberty counties, we have a role in giving every child the best chance of a permanent caring and loving family.

As we observe these two national events, we hope readers will join the Guardian ad Litem Program as volunteers to protect children and strengthen families. For details, visit www.GAL2.org or call 1-850-606-1213.

Deborah Moore, Circuit Director, Guardian ad Litem Program, deborah.moore@gal.fl.gov

IMA Golf Driving Range Fundraiser
Special to the Chronicle

Tallahassee Democrat
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Recently locals gathered to hit some golf balls while helping the Guardian ad Litem Program. The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Florida State University Student Chapter and Sundberg, P.A. held its second annual Golf Driving Range Fundraiser on April 2nd in support of the program. Participants contributed gift cards. The Guardian ad Litem Program is a volunteer based program that advocates for abused and neglected children. IMA collected $450 worth of gift cards, including cards from Chick-Fil-A, Subway and AMC.

"Our volunteers appreciate the opportunity to use a gift card to take their Guardian ad Litem child out for a special treat and spend quality time together," said Guardian ad Litem Circuit Director Deborah Moore.

Scan of newspaper article

New Continuing Education Event, BBQ Fundraiser, Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and May Training Update

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.

Event Update

The sixth day of our Volunteer Training: May 2017 pre-service class has been rescheduled. It will now take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, one day earlier than originally scheduled. The event page, calendar and print flyer have been updated accordingly.

Five New Continuing Education 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.

Two New Events, Cupcakes and Cookies Fundraiser Update and One New Continuing Education Library Item

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.

Event Update

Several new sponsors have been confirmed for CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids, taking place on Saturday, March 25, 2017 in downtown Tallahassee.

Thank you to Keith Baxter, Joey Gans, Tallahassee State Bank and Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church for their contributions. The Event Sponsors section of the event page was updated to reflect their sponsorships.

CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids is a friendly annual competition for amateur and professional bakers, as well as an opportunity for the public to raise money for our program by sampling the various goods.

Registration for contestants is open through Friday, March 10, 2017, so you still have time to enter the baking competition. You can also help us promote the event by sharing gal2.org/cupcake with your friends, colleagues and social media.

Continuing Education

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

  • Students in the Juvenile Justice System
    A packet of four articles discussing the topic of students who are in the juvenile justice system.
    filed under Educational Advocacy, Older Youth and Article

CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids Update Plus One New Continuing Education Library Item

Event Update

Another new sponsor has been confirmed for CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids, taking place on Saturday, March 25, 2017 in downtown Tallahassee.

Thank you to Prime Meridian Bank for their contribution. The Event Sponsors section of the event page was updated to reflect their sponsorship.

CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids is a friendly annual competition for amateur and professional bakers, as well as an opportunity for the public to raise money for our program by sampling the various goods.

Registration for contestants is open through Friday, March 10, 2017, so you still have time to enter the baking competition. You can also help us promote the event by sharing gal2.org/cupcake with your friends, colleagues and social media.

Continuing Education

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