Fifth Circuit, Guardian Ad Litem Program
Pre-Service Volunteer Training. (Registration required)
The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program is a volunteer based organization that trains persons, to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. The volunteer works as part of a team with a volunteer supervisor and program attorney to gather as much information as is necessary to make sound, commonsense recommendations. Although the child’s safety is priority one, volunteers must consider the importance of familiar connections, friendships and the child’s wishes and desires. For many abused children, their GAL volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
If interested in volunteering visit guardianadlitem.org or contact Amarilys.Ortega at 352-343-2736 or by email Amarilys.Ortega@gal.fl.gov.
Complete application. (Request application at guardianadlitem.org)
21 years of age and older (young adults between the ages of 19 and 21 years of age are also eligible, working under the guidance and partnership with a certified volunteer GAL),
Successfully complete the phase I training program.
Cleared of any serious criminal history via a level II criminal background check.