Guardian ad Litem
Hillsborough County

700 E. Twiggs Street, 7th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602

Following is an interview with Gail Greenburg, a volunteer with Guardian ad Litem for Chilren.


The most valuable gift anyone can give is time. Guidance and words of encouragement given by Volunteer Advocates are priceless to a child without a Guardian ad Litem.

Guardian ad Litem Volunteers have made the decision to speak up for a child in the dependency system, commonly referred to as the foster care system. Currently, there are more than 3,000 abused, abandoned and neglected children in Hillsborough County who are the subject of court proceedings. Children should not endure the system without a champion- that is why the Guardian ad Litem Program exists.

Trained Guardian ad Litem Volunteers commit their efforts to represent these children so that each child’s needs are met and their voices are heard during their time in the dependency system.

Those who join the Guardian ad Litem Hillsborough County definitely make a positive impact in a child’s life.

What exactly does a Guardian ad Litem Volunteers do? A Guardian ad Litem is a Trained & Certified Volunteer Child Advocate appointed by the court to represent and advocate for the best interest of each abused, neglected, or abandoned child in dependency court. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, Guardians ad Litem are the voice of the child.

Florida is the only state that uses a multi-disciplinary team approach.

This multidisciplinary team includes an attorney, a trained volunteer, and a certified child advocate manager, through the collaboration of our team we are able to provide quality legal representation for the best interests of abused, neglected, and abandoned children while assisting the child in expressing their needs and wishes. Our unique approach allows us to support the whole child, addressing their physical, educational, mental, emotional, social, and legal needs.

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What does it take to be a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer and make a difference in the life of a child? Guardian ad Litem Hillsborough County prepares volunteers and teaches them everything they need to know! They provide volunteers with Guardian ad Litem Volunteer certification training. This is a three-part training program that includes an independent study portion, classwork, and hands-on training with an experienced Guardian ad Litem Volunteer.

The independent study combines an on-line segment and readings with a 15 hour classroom portion. Upon completing the 15 hour training volunteers are provisionally certified. They can then be assigned a case and begin the field component under the guidance of their Certified Child Advocate Manager. With the help of the mentor, volunteers learn and experience what it is like to be a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer.

Volunteer Advocate
Position Description

OVERVIEW
A Guardian ad Litem Volunteer is a specially trained, child advocate whose dedicated advocacy ensures a dependent child’s safety, well-being, best interests and permanent placement. Working within a multi-disciplinary team of Guardian ad Litem attorneys and Certified Child Advocate Managers, and alongside community-based social workers and community service providers, a Guardian ad Litem volunteer serves as the “voice for the child” in judicial dependency proceedings and in helping the child navigate the foster/relative care system.

SUPERVISION
Direct guidance and coaching of volunteers is provided by a Certified Child Advocate Manager and a Guardian ad Litem Attorney. All of you work together within the multi-disciplinary team model of advocacy.


DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

TRAINING & SUPPORT PLAN

TIME COMMITMENT

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

NEXT STEP:If you would like to volunteer, complete and submit the following form.

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