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Volunteers wanted for Guardian ad Litem Program
Volunteers wanted for Guardian ad Litem Program

Inverness, Florida -- The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program currently seeks volunteers to serve as advocates for children who have been removed from their homes as a result of alleged neglect, abandonment, or abuse in Citrus, Hernando, Lake Marion, and Sumter Counties

According to a recent release, court appointed GAL volunteers must meet certain requirements and go through a training and certification process before being able to advocate for a child.

Once all requirements are met, the volunteer will work together with a volunteer supervisor and a program attorney to represent a child’s best interests and "help ensure a safe, caring, stable and permanent environment for that child," states a release about the process.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Must be 21-years-old +

  • Must undergo training and certification process

  • Must complete a clean criminal background check

As of now, there are nearly 1,800 children in the *5th Judicial District who are found dependent in the juvenile court system - and the district is short more than 400 GALs, meaning more than 320 children are without a GAL advocate speaking up for them.

To make a difference for these children, register to take part in the GAL Pre-service Training Program offered on November 1, 2, 5, and 6 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Calvary Chapel of Inverness, 960 South US Hwy 41.

To register, contact Call Lynn Sennett at (352) 274-5231.