11th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program
“[I] have been in foster care for about two years and I feel that it has been the greatest thing to happen in my life. Not because the system works but because there are people within the system who are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that a child has everything he or she deserves. … I would also like to acknowledge my Guardian ad Litem for being there for me every step of the way. … It is not the system that recreates a child’s life, but the people working within it.”
17-year-old Miami-Dade County foster youth (October 2013)
In Miami-Dade County, there are approximately 2,500 children who find themselves in the foster care system, with overwhelming feelings of loss for family, rights, and hope. But with 500 community volunteers who, with the help of professional staff, provide a powerful voice and much needed oversight, it doesn’t have to be that way.
A child with a GAL volunteer:
- …spends less time in foster care and is more likely to be adopted
- …is more likely to have a consistent, responsible adult presence in their life
- …is less likely have poor conduct in school or get expelled and more likely to pass all courses
Source: CASA for Children
You can be the one to give that child back their sense of belonging, their rights, and best of all, hope for a better life.
For volunteering information, please contact Victoria Harris at 786-469-3864 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for the Guardian ad Litem Program Main Office:
155 NW 3rd Street, 6th Floor
Miami, FL 33128
For more information about Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program, click here.