Written by yvonne.marrone

July 2020 Newsletter – Highlights

July 2020

Recruitment Corner:

Our program is doing something fun to show our united volunteers across the state. We invite you to join in! The goal is to have all 10,000+ volunteers and staff post something similar on their Facebook page to raise awareness on July 27th. Sometime on Monday July 27th, please consider posting the following:
“The best part about being a Guardian ad Litem is ___________________. #makeadifferencetochildren”.
Feel free to post what it is that you enjoy about being a Guardian ad Litem, or a selfie, a photo of your badge… etc. Please do not post any photos of the chil-dren on your case or any identifying information.

From our perspective, the best part of being a Guardian ad Litem is being able to work with all of you, and seeing your passion for child welfare. We are so much better together! If you’re interested in being part of one of the largest social media movements of the GAL Program, set a reminder to post on your social media on July 27th!
Recruitment Corner

Notes from Voices For Children:

VFC feels very fortunate that donations are still rolling in despite this difficult time!
We have received a very special donation of New Balance shoes from the Florida Division of the Salvation
Army, ranging in size 12 kids to a 5 adult.
We also continue to receive diapers from the Junior League Diaper Bank as well. If
your child is in need of a new pair of shoes or diapers, please contact Dayle at [email protected]
vfcgal.org or Jennifer at jstarr@vfcgal.org. We will be coordinating a distribution
plan that will be safe and easy for all involved.
As always, please feel free to continue submitting specific requests through your CAM.
VFC is here to support your very important efforts as a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer
and we appreciate your time and commitment.


Upcoming Training Opportunities:

Tuesday, 8/11 at Noon
Building Strong Relationships with Teens. Presented by the GAL Teen Team

Tuesday, 8/18 6-7pm
Volunteer Support Group. Learn about the GAL program updates and seek support from other Volunteers!

Thursday, 8/24 4-6pm
Beyond the Bruises– A presentation about how to create an Domestic Violence informed child welfare system.

Thursday, 9/10 at Noon
Trauma: How does it impact our children and how can we help?
Join Dr. Marlene Bloom as she discusses how trauma impacts our children and what we, as GALs, can do to advocate
more effectively. Dr. Bloom suggests reading “They Boy who was Raised as a Dog” by Bruce Perry prior to the
training. This book is available here if you would like to read it. Note that the book does discuss difficult topics. If
you are uncomfortable reading the book, you may still participate in the training.