FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BEING A VOLUNTEER, CALL THE PROGRAM OFFICE, YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE INFORMATION PACKET BELOW!
Your generous donations make an immediate impact in the lives of the GAL kids!
Registration # CH38134. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR VISIT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM, REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
To assist the Guardian ad Litem Program to achieve a voice for every child appointed by the court.
To support, educate and advocate for the Guardian ad Litem program in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Provide for the needs of abused, abandoned and neglected children and support the volunteer advocates in the Guardian ad Litem program.
Here is a handy information packet that explains our volunteer responsibilities and provides information from the Foundation to help make sure your children are getting all the resources available.
- 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 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.
Dr Greg Tomso addressing the Foundation Board at the February meeting.
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, Ft Walton Beach, FL 32548
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm