Florida Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program is a partnership of community advocates and professional staff providing a powerful voice on behalf of Florida's abused and neglected children. More than 30,000 children in the state of Florida are abused, abandoned and neglected and more than 5,000 of those children do not have Guardian ad Litem. Thankfully, the majority of children under the supervision of the Department of Child and Family (DCF) have a Guardian ad Litem, appointed by the court to advocate for the children. GAL volunteers become familiar with the child's case and make recommendations to the court to ensure a safe, caring, stable and permanent home for the abused, neglected child. Volunteers are an independent voice for the child and crucial in ensure all of the child's need are met by the courts decision. The Judge relies on the volunteer in decision making and the volunteer becomes a mentor and support system to the child. GAL currently serves more than 26,000 children across Florida. The Guardian Ad Litem Foundation provides the funds and advocacy training for the GAL program staff, volunteers and local non-profits. An example of this advocacy is Guardian ad Litem day that is held each spring at the Florida State Capitol. GAL Staff, volunteers, and many others all come together to raise awareness of these children in need and the Guardian ad Litem program. Florida's children are fortunate to have a strong network of individuals to be their voice in court during their toughest times.
Children's Week is excited to welcome back Guardian ad Litem as a Partner for Children's Week 2015, and support their efforts in bettering the lives of Florida's Children. For more information on Guardian ad Litem please visit their website, Facebook or Twitter.