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Volunteer as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

African American guardian is reading with young child outdoors

Florida statute defines a Guardian ad Litem as “… a responsible adult who is appointed by the Court to represent the best interests of a child in a proceeding as provided by law … who shall be a party to any judicial proceeding as a representative of the child and who shall serve until discharged by the court.”  The statute requires the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem in every case of child abuse or neglect. 

The Guardian ad Litem Program was created in the State of Florida in 1980 to address this need. The Guardian ad Litem functions as the voice for the child, as well as the “eyes and ears” of the Court. GALs are able to make recommendations to the judge concerning the child’s social, physical, emotional, educational, and legal status.

No special background or education is required to become a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer. People from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds can serve as GALS. A volunteer GAL includes anyone who:

• Possesses a strong desire to help children
• Demonstrates good judgment and common sense
• Exhibits good communication skills
• Provides favorable references and consents to and passes a background check
• Completes 30 hours of training
• Is 21 years or older

In advocating for an abused or neglected child, you give that child a voice — and a chance for a better life. Are YOU ready to lift up a child?

Complete the following form to volunteer as a Guardian ad Litem.

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