The Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program is participating in a special event of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem, staff, community supporters and the general public.
Originally created by USA Weekend in 1992, Make A Difference Day is an annual community service event that unites volunteers from around the world in a "common mission to improve the lives of others" and celebrate "neighbors helping neighbors."
While we regularly gain new volunteers, we must continually recruit as people move away, take new jobs or otherwise become unable to serve.
Having fewer volunteers than abandoned, abused and neglected children means that some of them will not benefit from having a guardian ad litem to represent their best interests. Approximately thirty-five (35) children do not have representation at this time.
Please speak with your family members, friends, co-workers, classmates, neighbors and social media contacts and see if they can volunteer.
Someone looking to do good and feel good on Make A Difference Day can experience that same great feeling all year long as a volunteer guardian ad litem with our program.
What does it take to be a volunteer guardian ad litem?
We have a number of resources available to answer questions about volunteering for our program. Assembled below are answers to some frequently asked questions and shortcuts to other content.
- What is a guardian ad litem?
A guardian ad litem is a court-appointed volunteer who protects the rights of and advocates for the best interests of a child involved in a court proceeding, frequently as a result of alleged abuse or neglect.
- What is the role?
The volunteer's role in a court proceeding is unique as the only party mandated to advocate solely for the child's best interests. The case will dictate specifics, but guardians ad litem generally perform investigative, facilitative, advocation and supervisory roles.
- What are the qualifications?
To become a guardian ad litem, you must be at least twenty-one years old, pass a criminal background and complete the thirty-hour pre-service training program. Young adults nineteen or twenty years old may become certified and are allowed to work under the guidance of and in partnership with a guardian ad litem twenty-one or above.
- How much time must one commit?
Guardians ad litem spend an average of eight to ten hours per month working on a case. In addition to the thirty-hour pre-service training course, volunteers must complete twelve hours of continuing education annually.
- How does one apply to volunteer?
Download and complete the application, sign it and send it to the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program. Simultaneously, have three people complete the included personal reference forms and then send them in.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Position Description
- Pre-Service Training
- Information for Attorneys
- Volunteer Application
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To help us promote Make A Difference Day, you can download the event flyer and share this page (see links below) with friends online. Share gal2.org/mdday for easy access to this page. Use the tag #mdday13 and experience Make A Difference Day with our community and beyond.
We hope that you will participate and help us recruit volunteers!
USA Weekend, Points of Light and the
Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program
Make A Difference Day 2013
Wherever you are in…
Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla
Saturday, October 26, 2013
- Event Contact
2013-10-20: added sentence indicating that ~35 children are not represented
2013-10-24: updated volunteer age requirements text