Becoming a Guardian ad Litem is a big commitment. Not sure if this is for you? Want to learn more?
Our Information Night sessions are designed with people like you in mind. Prospective volunteers have the opportunity to learn more about our program, ask questions, and pick up an application in a casual, no-obligation format.
Thursday - July 13, 2017
Thursday - September 14, 2017
Thursday - October 12, 2017
Thursday - November 16, 2017
These 90 minute sessions begin at 6:00 pm and are held at the Seminole County Juvenile Justice Center, located at 190 Bush Boulevard in Sanford. The sessions are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is appreciated. Call us at 407-665-5370.
Our children deserve well-equipped volunteers, so we provide 30 hours of pre-service training for prospective Guardians ad Litem. Typically, this training takes place over three day-long seminars. Expect to learn about courtroom procedures, the unique needs of abused and neglected children, and the resources available in our community, among other topics. Attendance at all three seminars, plus successful completion of some homework assignments, is required.
All prospective Guardian ad Litem volunteers must complete an application (including references), attend an interview, and be approved to attend before class begins.
Some homework assignments - such as observing court - should be completed before class begins.
There are four training classes scheduled for 2017:
- Friday, June 23 & Saturday, June 24, 2017
- Friday, August 18 & Saturday, August 19, 2017
- Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21, 2017
Current Guardians ad Litem are required to complete 12 hours of in-service training each year to maintain their certification. We do our best to provide many opportunities to help you fulfill this requirement - contact our office (our your Child Advocate Manager) for current opportunities.