Roles of the Guardian ad Litem
- Information Gatherer: Collects all pertinent information and interviews family, foster parents, teachers, and other persons involved in the child's life.
- Community Advocate: Works with community partners to ensure that the child is receiving the assistance and support needed to succeed.
- Courtroom Advocate: Based on the information gathered, makes independent recommendations to the court and becomes the voice of the child, communicating the best interests of the child to all involved.
All abused and neglected children must
have a Guardian ad Litem.
Our Program Continues to Aggressively Recruit Volunteers. Since the establishment of the Statewide office, in January, 2004, the Program has achieved a consistent increase in its number of volunteers year over year.
Each program director has a staff that recruits and trains volunteers assigned to monitor cases. The staff helps each volunteer navigate the complicated child welfare and legal systems. Staff members assist the Guardian ad Litem in preparation of court reports and help to ensure that the best interests of the child are being addressed. Each program has an attorney that advises volunteers on the protection of children's rights and represents the Program in contested court proceedings. In addition, each program has a network of community resources and experts who are available to assist the volunteers.
To become a Volunteer, please complete a Volunteer ApplicationSubmit completed applications to our office:190 Eslinger Way, Sanford, FL 32773Fax 407-665-5375 * GALSeminoleInfo@seminolecountyfl.gov