Becoming a Guardian ad Litem is a big commitment. Not sure if this is for you? Want to learn more?
Our GAL Orientations are designed with people like you in mind. Prospective volunteers have the opportunity to learn more about our program, ask questions, and pick up an application in a casual, no-obligation format.
Information sessions are held at the Seminole County Juvenile Justice Center, located at 190 Eslinger Way in Sanford. The sessions are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is appreciated. Call us at (407) 665-6078..
Our children deserve well-equipped volunteers, so we provide 30 hours of pre-service training for prospective Guardians ad Litem. This is a combination of online and one full day of in-classroom training. Expect to learn about courtroom procedures, the unique needs of abused and neglected children, and the resources available in our community, among other topics. Successful completion of all online coursework, some homework assignments and attendance at in-classroom training, is required.
All prospective Guardian ad Litem volunteers must complete an application (including references), fingerprinting, background screens, attend an interview, and be approved to attend before class begins. Some homework assignments - such as observing court must be schedule and coordinated with Guardian ad Litem staff.
Current Guardians ad Litem are required to complete 12 hours of in-service training each year to maintain their certification. We do our best to provide many opportunities to help you fulfill this requirement - contact our office (our your Child Advocate Manager) for current opportunities.
Seminole County Friends of Abused Children, Inc. (SCFAC), a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, incorporated in 1990 to help fill in the gaps that federal and state programs do not fund for our community’s most vulnerable children. This includes funding clothing, luggage, summer camps, eyeglasses, holiday gifts, and much more. Funds raised by Friends’ also pays for educational tutoring, unmet medical and legal needs for GAL children.
For information please visit the Seminole County Friends of Abused Children website: https://www.friendsofabusedchildren.com/evening/
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