Volunteer Child Advocates are everyday citizens trained and court certified to represent the best interests of abused, neglected, and abandoned children in court, school, the child welfare system and the community. Each volunteer is trained, court-appointed through the Program, and supported by staff trained in social services and legal areas of expertise.
Role of the Volunteer Advocate
• MONITOR the progress of the case until a safe permanent home is achieved
• VISIT the child at least once a month to be sure he/she is safe
• ASSESS the service needs and opinions of the child
• COLLECT information from key people in the child’s life, e.g., extended
family, caregivers, teachers, etc. to help guide recommendations
• MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS to the court and case management providers
regarding the best interests of the child
Who Can Become a Volunteer Advocate
• Florida Resident
• At least 21-year-old with common sense and good judgment
• Provide favorable references and consent to a background check.
• Has computer access and basic user skills
• Complete the screening and training process
Volunteer for the Foundation Special Events
The Foundation often needs volunteers to help with planning and conducting special events aimed at raising funds to benefit our region’s abused and neglected children.
Foundation Board of Directors
We are always open to considering new members with a commitment to the Guardian ad Litem mission. We strive to maintain a balance of members who represent each of the 20th Judicial Circuit’s five counties, a variety of expertise (such as marketing, public relations, legal, finance, management, fund-raising, event planning, and business ownership), and reflect our region’s ethnic and racial diversity.