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.

Two Updated Events and First Beginnings Project Update

Updated Events

The following event pages have been updated. Both received new print flyers and one also had its page text updated.

First Beginnings

The First Beginnings project page has been updated. First Beginnings provides assistance to youth in our community who are venturing out on their own for the first time.

Several items were added or removed from the Household Items List section. This list specifies the items the project needs donated. We also added a downloadable and printable version of the list.

If you can donate any of the items listed, please get in touch with the project contact. Visit gal2.org/first for complete details and to learn how to help.

New Events, Continuing Education Library Item, Staff Directory and eForm 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.

Continuing Education

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

  • Fostering the Future
    A collection of first-hand accounts of what it means to be a child in state care curated by Children's Rights and updated annually.
    filed under Foster Care, Article and Website

Staff Directory and eForm Update

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

Child Advocate Manager Kimberly Nester has departed. We thank Kimberly for her service and wish her the best with her future endeavors.

Six New Events, Event Update, New Continuing Education Library Item and April's Newsletter

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 Volunteer Training: June 2016 page was updated to include a print flyer, which is now available for download.

Continuing Education

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

  • Book Review List 2016
    A list of child-appropriate books on sexual abuse with prices, age ranges and links to more information.
    filed under Victimization of Children and Booklet

Newsletter

The latest issue of Advocacy Post is now available to download.

First called Guardian Guide in its debut issue, Advocacy Post is a print-style periodical published by staff and sent to volunteers. It is used to highlight information, people and activities occurring in our circuit.

You can download current and past issues of Advocacy Post on the Newsletters page.

Beyond the newsletter, you can stay informed by subscribing to the gal2.org Updates weekly email digest. You can also follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or subscribe to the RSS feed.

New Continuing Education Library Item and Two FAQ Updates

Continuing Education

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

  • Master Trust Introductory Training
    Slides and notes from a master trust training presentation, providing an overview and key things to watch for when advocating for the best interest of children with master trusts. Readers may receive one (1) hour of continuing education credit.
    filed under Foster Care and Slides

Page Updates

Two answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page have been refreshed with current information.

Eight New Events Plus Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids 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

A business and a local family have joined as event sponsors for this year's CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids.

Starbucks is participating as a silver sponsor and The MacLeod Family is participating as a bronze sponsor. Both of these sponsors are joining us for the second time.

With proceeds benefiting the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids is a friendly annual competition for amateur and professional bakers and an opportunity for the public to raise money for our program by sampling the delicious results.

This year's competition is on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Florida Department of Transportation W. Haydon Burns Building Auditorium across from Cascades Park in Downtown Tallahassee.

Although contestant and sponsor registration is now closed, you can still visit gal2.org/cupcake to purchase tasting cards. Those who buy tasting cards online are entitled to enter the event and start sampling thirty minutes early. Online tasting card sales will end on Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Thank you to Starbucks and The MacLeod Family for their support!

Four New Events and Five New Resource Library Items

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.

Continuing Education

Five new library items have been added to our Continuing Education resource center.

  • Florida Independent Living Services: Outcome Measures and Oversight Activities 2015
    A report published on Sunday, January 31, 2016 by the Florida Department of Children and Families Office of Child Welfare as required by Florida law.
    filed under Older Youth and Article

  • Parents Aging Out of the Child Welfare System
    A technical report published on Thursday, December 10, 2015 by the Florida State University Florida Institute for Child Welfare.
    filed under Older Youth and Article

  • Improving the Quality of Residential Group Care: A Review of Current Trends, Empirical Evidence and Recommendations
    A technical report published on Sunday, July 26, 2015 by the Florida State University Florida Institute for Child Welfare.
    filed under Older Youth and Article

  • Staywell Over-the-Counter Benefits
    Details about the Staywell by WellCare plan benefits, which includes $25 worth of over-the-counter items per household each month.
    filed under Physical Health and Website

  • Sunshine Health Benefits and Rewards
    Details about the Sunshine Health plan benefits and rewards programs.
    filed under Physical Health and Website

Twelve New Events, Updated Event, New Continuing Education Library Items, Media Appearances and a Photograph

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.

Do you prefer boxes to lists? Browse and access our events on the calendar grid instead.

Event Update

A local family has joined as an event sponsor for this year's CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids.

The Lamont Family is participating as a gold sponsor. They have supported this fun and tasty event for three years in a row.

With proceeds benefiting the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids is a friendly annual competition for amateur and professional bakers and an opportunity for the public to raise money for our program by sampling the delicious results.

This year's competition is on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Florida Department of Transportation W. Haydon Burns Building Auditorium across from Cascades Park in Downtown Tallahassee.

Visit gal2.org/cupcake for complete details and to purchase tasting cards, enter the competition or register as a sponsor.

Thank you to The Lamont Family for their support!

CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids

Continuing Education

Three new library items have been added to our Continuing Education resource center.

  • #JustAdulting Legal Survival Guide for Young Adults
    A mobile website designed by the Florida Bar to help young adults understand their legal rights and responsibilities when they turn eighteen and providing tools and resources outlining how Florida law can affect their lives.
    filed under Older Youth and Website

  • Criminal Background Check Aid
    A quick aid with information on how to research and determine if someone involved in a child's case is incarcerated, was recently arrested or is registered as a sexual offender or predator.
    filed under Domestic Violence, Guardians ad Litem, Victimization of Children and Article

  • Florida Statewide Assessment Program Schedule 2015–2016
    Schedules for the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA), Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) and other statewide assessments for the 2015–2016 school year as revised on Friday, October 30, 2015.
    filed under Educational Advocacy and Article

Media Appearances

We are pleased to announce two upcoming appearances on local radio stations. These outreach opportunities are the perfect forum for people to learn about our program, how to get involved and participate in forthcoming events.

  • Sunday, March 6, 2016, 10:00 AM
    John and Tammy In The Morning on STAR 98.9 (WBZE-FM)
    featuring Volunteer Recruiter Sara Blumenthal and
    CAII Board Member Kristine Lamont

  • Thursday, March 24, 2016, 11:00 AM
    Perspectives on WFSU 88.9 (WFSU-FM)
    featuring Circuit Director Deborah Moore,
    CAII Board President Omega Wynn and
    CAII Board Member Kristine Lamont

Thank you to WBZE-FM and WFSU-FM for sharing our program with their listeners.

New Photograph

Starbucks Regional Manager Omega Wynn — longtime CAII board member and current board president — recently came across a photograph of himself with Circuit Director Deborah Moore at an event several years ago.

As a reflection of Wynn's dedication and service to the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program and in recognition of our ongoing partnership, we have added this photograph to the Child Advocates II, Inc. page. Thanks, Omega!

Starbucks Regional Manager Omega Wynn (currently CAII Board President) and Circuit Director Deborah Moore at a Florida Department of Children and Families summit on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Starbucks Regional Manager Omega Wynn (currently CAII Board President) and Circuit Director Deborah Moore at a Florida Department of Children and Families summit on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

New and Updated Events Plus First Beginnings and FAQ Updates

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.

Event Update

Two businesses have joined as event sponsors for this year's CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids.

Law, Redd, Crona and Munroe, P.A. is participating as a silver sponsor and Akerman LLP is participating as a bronze sponsor. Law, Redd, Crona and Munroe, P.A. has supported this fun and tasty event for three years in a row, while Akerman LLP is joining us for the second year in a row.

With proceeds benefiting the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids is a friendly annual competition for amateur and professional bakers and an opportunity for the public to raise money for our program by sampling the delicious results.

This year's competition is on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Florida Department of Transportation W. Haydon Burns Building Auditorium across from Cascades Park in Downtown Tallahassee.

Visit gal2.org/cupcake for complete details and to purchase tasting cards, enter the competition or register as a sponsor.

Thank you to Law, Redd, Crona and Munroe, P.A. and Akerman LLP for their support!

First Beginnings

The First Beginnings project page received some minor updates. First Beginnings provides assistance to youth in our community who are venturing out on their own for the first time.

Several items were added or removed from the Household Items List section. This list specifies the items the project needs donated. We also added icons to indicate which of the items are most in demand. If you can donate any of the items listed, please get in touch with the project contact.

Visit gal2.org/first for complete details and to learn how to help. You can also read an article recently published in the Tallahassee Democrat about the project's success.

Frequently Asked Questions

We refreshed the answers to three of our Frequently Asked Questions. Answers to the following questions were updated to reflect current information.

Four New Continuing Education Events

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.

New Events, Event Update, Families In Need, Statewide Annual Report and First Beginnings

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.

Event Update

Another business has joined as an event sponsor for this year's CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids.

Capital City Bank is participating as a bronze sponsor. They have supported this fun and tasty event for two years in a row.

With proceeds benefiting the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids is a friendly annual competition for amateur and professional bakers and an opportunity for the public to raise money for our program by sampling the delicious results.

This year's competition is on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Florida Department of Transportation W. Haydon Burns Building Auditorium across from Cascades Park in Downtown Tallahassee.

Visit gal2.org/cupcake for complete details and to purchase tasting cards, enter the competition or register as a sponsor.

Thank you to Capital City Bank for their support!

Families In Need

We regularly encounter families who are in need of living assistance but our resources are extremely limited. When special requests for essentials such as beds, linens, clothing and school supplies come in from families, our staff reach out to the community for help.

Thanks to the generous contributions of businesses and individuals in the community, all outstanding requests have been updated to "fulfilled" status. Focusing on our program's current needs, two new general requests were posted in their place.

A small Families in Need section was also added to the Donate page to bring greater visibility of these requests to potential donors.

If you or your business can help, get in touch with the request contact listed in the relevant post. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Statewide Annual Report

The Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office's annual report for this year was recently published. The report — A Voice Heard: Visualizing a Hopeful Future — is now available for download.

"I have been handing out this report to legislators, judges, child welfare colleagues and key stakeholders during my meetings and travels," said Executive Director Alan Abramowitz. "This report really highlights the importance of what our volunteers do on a daily basis for Florida's most vulnerable children."

You can contact Kelly Razzano at kelly.razzano@gal.fl.gov or (850) 922-7213 to request a quote for print copies of the report.

First Beginnings

Several updates were made to the First Beginnings project page. First Beginnings provides assistance to youth in our community who are venturing out on their own for the first time.

A new Household Items List section was added. This list specifies the items the project needs donated. In addition, the page received some minor text updates and a refreshed print flyer.