GAL Volunteer Advocates

What is a Guardian ad Litem VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE?

Guardian ad Litem volunteer advocates are everyday citizens trained by the Guardian ad Litem Program and certified by the court to represent the best interests of abused, neglected, and abandoned children. Once volunteers complete 30 hours of training, they are certified by the court and paired with a GAL Attorney and Case Supervisor to represent children until a safe and permanent home can be achieved.

The Role of the Volunteer Advocate

Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone who cares about the well-being of children and meets the following criteria:

  • 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

Time Required?  Requires 8-10 volunteer hours monthly for one year.  Volunteers usually can schedule the monthly visit to the child, phone calls and emails to key individuals according to the individual volunteer’s work and leisure schedule.  Only participation in court hearings must occur according to a schedule determined by the court.

What Are The Rewards?