Be a voice for one of approximately 1,700 children in Lake, Sumter, Marion, Hernando, and Citrus counties who have been removed from their homes for alleged abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Volunteers are needed for the Guardian ad Litem (GAL), a program that makes sure a qualified, compassionate adult will be an advocate for a child’s basic right to be safe and treated with dignity and respect.
GAL volunteers are appointed by the court and work as part of a team with a volunteer supervisor and program attorney. Each volunteer becomes familiar with a child and that child’s case and then makes recommendations to the court to help ensure a safe, caring, stable, and permanent environment for that child.
GAL volunteer training will begin June 9 at Oxford Assembly of God in Oxford. Eligible volunteers must be 21 years old and successfully complete 30 hours of pre-service training. For more information, call Sarah Jay at 352.274.5231.