Our Mission: Advocating for a child's best interest
Guardians ad Litem focus exclusively on the child.
It is the mission of this program to recruit, train, support and supervise volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children who are alleged to be abused, neglected, or abandoned, and who are involved in court proceedings.
Thousands of abused and neglected children become the subject of judicial proceedings each year in Florida. Their voices are often unheard and the best interests overlooked in the complicated and overburdened adversarial process. Guardians ad Litem are citizens who volunteer to become part of a court program to represent the best interest of an assigned child. The volunteer Guardian ad Litem is a representative for the child before the court, social service agencies, and the community. The GAL also protects the child during the family crisis and court proceedings.