Volunteer Guardians ad Litem undergo comprehensive training to learn how to observe children, parents, and foster families. Their objective recommendations are critical to a judge’s analysis and final ruling on the fate of a child. The Guardian ad Litem Program provides all of the necessary training and program coordination for its local volunteers. The Guardian ad Litem Program is supported by Voices for Children of Tampa Bay in its efforts to recruit and train volunteers and to provide simple necessities that other families might take for granted – such as new shoes, clothing, and school supplies. VFC functions as a charity for children in the court systems of Hillsborough County.
As a Guardian ad Litem, you are asked to:
Speak up for the child by making recommendations for the child’s best interests.
Track the compliance of the Court’s orders and report that compliance to the court.
Objectively examine the situation by speaking with case-related people and by gathering records.
Identify resources and services for the child to meet his or her specific needs.
As the quality of the child’s life improves, they have a greater chance of becoming a well-respected, productive member of your community.
Children are desperately seeking stable relationships in their lives. Your presence can help guide a child through their current difficult circumstances and into a successful future.
A free, comprehensive training course is provided for all volunteers, to help prepare them for their future encounters with the court system.
You don’t have to be a lawyer to volunteer to be a Guardian ad Litem, but you’ll learn to think like one. Your training includes a crash course on the justice system.
All volunteers are backed by our knowledgeable Program Staff, Child Advocate Managers, Master Guardians, and Best Interest Attorneys.
There are hundreds of children without a GAL volunteer to help them through the system. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated.
There are many exciting events happening this month at GAL. Check our calendar and see what’s in store for you.
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Financial donations are a convenient way to support your local Hillsborough County Guardian ad Litem Program. GAL has partnered with Voices for Children, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support and advocacy to abused, neglected, and abandoned children in Tampa Bay. Through Voices for Children, individuals, businesses, and organizations can make monetary contributions at any time.
GIVING HAS GREAT BENEFITS
As a charitable organization with 501(c)(3) status under the Federal Tax Code, most Voices for Children gifts carry certain tax benefits. Please check with your tax professional for further details*
*GAL/Voices for Children advises you to speak to your own legal, tax or financial advisor.
WAYS TO DONATE
Help turn hurt lives into ones filled with hope by donating to Voices for Children.
ONE-TIME MONETARY DONATION
Donate any amount online or by mail. Your donation will go to help Hillsborough County Guardian ad Litem and our partner nonprofit, Voices for Children.
MAKE AN IMPACT
Whether sponsoring an event or becoming a community partner, you can ensure the traumatized children in foster care have a chance at a normal childhood. Won’t you help us?
I WANT TO SUPPORT
VOICES FOR CHILDREN
Donate by phone: (813) 275-9300
Donate by mail:
Voices for Children of Tampa Bay
P.O. Box 2694 Tampa, FL 33601