Donna Franke Director
Donna Olson Director
To support, educate and advocate for the Guardian ad Litem program of the Florida First Judicial Circuit of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
Provide for the needs of abused, abandoned and neglected children and support the volunteer advocates in the Guardian ad Litem program.
- Do better in school
- 50 % less likely to return to foster care
- Have fewer placements
- Receive more services
- More likely to be adopted
- Spend less time in foster care
- 32 months - average volunteer service period
- $3,397 - cost to support a GAL volunteer
- $7,474 - average cost of donated time and gas by GAL volunteer
- $4,057 - return on investment per GAL volunteer
The Children in Need Fund supports the children in the Guardian ad Litem Program of the First Judicial Circuit that includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties. The urgent need for such support was recently reemphasized in a memo to all Circuit Directors by Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director, Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program which is partially quoted here:
"Although the state provides funding for the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program, the allocated funding historically has not been enough to fully cover all of the Program¹s needs and has not included at all children's normalcy projects and initiatives.
Therefore, while we are extremely grateful for increased legislative support, it is important to realize that the non-profits throughout the state that are the fundraising arms for their local Guardian ad Litem Programs need to continue to raise money to assure each circuit's Guardian ad Litem Program is able to serve all children in their care."
Escambia/Santa Rosa County Recruiter - Joan Irby!
Larissa shares a story of survival and the invaluable role of a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.
David and Jill helping out at the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival.
Please stop in to our Pensacola, Ft Walton, Defuniak Springs, Crestview or Milton office and speak to a recruitment specialist for more information.
19 Iowa Dr NE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
Registration # CH38134