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Staff Directory Update, Report to the Court Form and a Little Housekeeping

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 Katelyn Mastro to our team.

Report to the Court Form

When the Report to the Court eForm was retired in May 2017, the PDF and Word versions of the form were removed as well. As they are still used by volunteers, these two printable versions of the form are once again available.

You can download a copy from the Form and Document Library on the Current Volunteers page.

Housekeeping

A brochure once available for download on the Pro Bono Attorneys page has been removed. It contained out-of-date information.

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.

Staff Directory and eForm Updates Plus BBQ Update

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.

Please join us in welcoming Child Advocate Manager Tasha Loftin and Victim Child Advocate Manager Rachael Smith to our team.

CAII Great Southern BBQ Fundraiser

There are eleven days remaining to place your orders in the CAII Great Southern BBQ Fundraiser. This event is an easy way to procure tender, farm fresh pork products from Johnston's Meat Market for your family barbecue while helping to support abused and neglected children in our community.

All orders for Boston butt, picnic ham, sausage, ribs or bacon must be placed by Friday, May 19, 2017. You can place your order online or by telephone. Visit the event page for complete details.

Many orders have already been received — thank you — but the more we sell, the more money is raised. Place an order today and thank you for your support!

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

Support Our Program By Purchasing Smoked Meats In The CAII Great Southern BBQ Fundraiser

Johnston's — Family Owned Since 1926

Partner organization Child Advocates II, Inc. (CAII) is hosting a fundraiser benefiting our program in time for outdoor barbecuing season.

The third annual CAII Great Southern BBQ Fundraiser is a delicious way to join CAII on its mission to provide for the needs of local abused and neglected children. CAII is the charitable, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit volunteer organization founded to support our program.

For this fundraiser, CAII partnered with Johnston's Meat Market to offer their slowly cooked, hickory smoked meats. Originally founded in 1926, Johnston's Meat Market of Monticello, Florida offers shoulder cut smoked meats, country cooking spices, syrups and sauces.

Participating in the fundraiser is easy.

   ❶   Place an order for Boston butt, picnic ham, sausage, ribs or bacon by Friday, May 19, 2017

   ❷   Pickup your order on Friday, May 26, 2017

   ❸   Enjoy tender, farm fresh pork with your family and friends while helping local children

You can place your order online or order by telephone. Visit the event page for complete details and contact information.

Perfect for your spring or summer cookout, the CAII Great Southern BBQ Fundraiser is an easy way to make a difference in the life of a child and let someone else do some of the cooking.

Please browse the menu and place your orders today. Thank you for your support!

Photographs of Boston butts, hanging meat and ribs

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.

CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids Raises Over $2,600 For Local Children

CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids

The air around Cascades Park in Tallahassee was a little sweeter last weekend as wonderful people donned chef hats to bake goods in support of local children.

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Child Advocates II, Inc. (CAII) hosted the fourth annual CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids fundraiser at the Florida Department of Transportation auditorium.

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

view CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids 2017 photographs on Facebook

CAII volunteers first arrived in the morning to receive and set up the contestant entries. Two competition judges then went to work sampling each of the cupcakes and cookies. Finally, guests were able to visit for two hours, walk around to see all of the entries and use tasting cards to purchase items.

This year's event raised over $2,600 for our program!

CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids would not have been possible without the support of the community and the guests who came to sample the treats. Special thanks to all of our participants, winning contestants, sponsors, donors, judges, volunteers and guests.

Overall Winners: Best Cupcakes
  • Erika MacLeod
    Amateur

Overall Winners: Best Cookies
  • Jennifer West-Kantor
    Amateur

  • Stacy Miller
    Elementary School Youth

Cupcake Winners by Level and Category
  • Amateur
  • Andrea Shaw
    Filled

  • Brian Nelson
    Fruitilicious

  • Erika MacLeod
    Holiday

  •  
  • Kristine Lamont
    Nuts!

  • Tomas Berger
    Twenty-One and Up

  • Stacey Burns
    What The World Needs Now Is Chocolate

Cookie Winners by Level and Category
  • Amateur
  • Jennifer West-Kantor
    Kitchen Sink

  • Laura Boynton
    Nuts!

  • Kristine Lamont
    What The World Needs Now Is Chocolate

  • Elementary School Youth
  • Stacy Miller
    What The World Needs Now Is Chocolate

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
In Kind Donors
Prize Donors
Additional Support

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 Fundraising Events, Event and Training Updates Plus Statewide Annual Report

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

This year's CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids event is just two weeks away on Saturday, March 25, 2017 near Cascades Park in downtown Tallahassee. As such, registration for contestants and sponsorships closed on Friday, March 10, 2017. The tasting card pre-sale is also closed.

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.

Tasting cards will be available to purchase at the event. You can also help us promote by sharing gal2.org/cupcake with your friends, colleagues and social media.

In addition, thank you to Barnaby's Family Inn, Chuy's and 4 Rivers Smokehouse for contributing prizes to the event.

Training Update

Our pre-service Training program page has been updated. New training content and quizzes are now featured in the Phase 1: Independent Study section.

A new Sign Language Interpreters and Closed Captioning section was also added with information about pre-service training videos available to the hearing impaired community.

Statewide Annual Report

The Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office's annual report for this year was recently published. The report — Making the Impossible Possible: Stories of Advocacy — is accessible from the Annual Reports and Long-Range Program Plans page on the statewide office website.

Update
2017-03-12: Add prize donors thank you to event update section

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