Welcome to Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation, Inc.

The Foundation

Our Purpose

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.

Our Mission

Provide for the needs of abused, abandoned and neglected children and support the volunteer advocates in the Guardian ad Litem program.

            

Upcoming Events

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What is a volunteer worth?

For Children

- 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

For Florida

- 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

GAL Volunteers save the State of Florida $21,920,878 in salaries and benefits!

Children In Need Fund

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."

Your Contributions Make A Real Difference

Your generous donation will help the children in the Guardian ad Litem program from the First Judicial Circuit.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Or you can use our Contribution Form

Contribution Form GAL (pdf)

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Public Service Announcement

Escambia/Santa Rosa County Recruiter - Joan Irby!

I am for the child

Volunteer in the Spotlight

Larissa Piazza

Larissa shares a story of survival and the invaluable role of a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

Please stop in to our Pensacola, Ft Walton, Defuniak Springs, Crestview or Milton office and speak to a recruitment specialist for more information.

NW Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation, Inc.

19 Iowa Dr NE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548

(850) 595-3728

Hours

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.

1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352)

Registration # CH38134


Guardian ad Litem Staff Directory

GAL Staff Telephone List (doc)

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