Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Orientation

A young child with a superhero cape holds hands with an adult wearing a superhero cape featuring the Guardian ad Litem Program logo
Friday, January 26, 2018

The Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program is hosting two orientation sessions in Franklin County to learn about our mission and how you can become a superhero to a child in need.

Join us on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM or from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM for Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Orientation.

A child needs you to become their voice and advocate. Guardian ad Litem volunteers are community members who represent abused or neglected children before the court, social service agencies and the community. They are the child's voices and the ones who show the child that their community cares. Volunteers are trained and work in a team environment with program staff and attorneys. On average, Guardians ad Litem devote eight to ten hours a month to their cases.

The Guardian ad Litem Program needs volunteers from Franklin County to work with local children. Community members are the best advocates for these children, ensuring that their interests are heard and served in the court and community. Volunteers ensure the children received the services they need, including educational services.

If you have a heart to help a child, the Guardian ad Litem Program could be for you. Guardian ad Litem volunteer training consists of a combination of online materials, independent studies, classroom education and fieldwork activities. Volunteers work their first case with a peer mentor. The training prepares you to be an advocate and a voice for the child.

Guardian ad Litem advocates are at least nineteen years of age. Advocates will need to complete a criminal background screening and a pre-service training program, which will be offered in Franklin County in February.

The sessions are free. You can download the print flyer and register with the event contact below.

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First Published January 20, 2018