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A Look Back at 2017: Opioid Crisis Impacting Foster Caseloads

As the opioid epidemic swells the tide of abused and neglected children coming into the state foster-care system, a Florida judge is trying to find them a "forever" home, in time for the holidays. On December 20th, Circuit Judge David Gooding of the 4th Judicial Circuit will hold his annual "Home for the Holidays" adoption…

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GAL | Adoption Movement | NYTimes Article
Let’s Restart the Adoption Movement

Originally from The New York Times. Giving to charity makes you happier, healthier and even richer. That’s what I found in my research for a book I was writing back in 2003. Data clearly showed that giving and volunteering have a positive impact on givers’ health, wealth and life satisfaction — especially when we can see…

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Riverside Arts Market | Guardian ad Litem | GAL recruiting | volunteers
GAL Goes To Riverside Arts Market

Join Guardian ad Litem at the Riverside Arts Market! We need more volunteers to help children in Duval, Nassau and Clay counties! The GAL program will be on site at RAM on September 9, 16 and 30 to answer questions about being a child advocate and help recruit for these critical positions.  Please tell all…

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GAL | Guardian ad Litem | Florida Bar | Pro Bono | Appellate Attorneys
GAL Partners With Florida Bar Appellate Section

GAL project aims to help children In partnership with the Appellate Practice Section This article was originally posted on Aug. 15, 2017 at floridabar.org. Read the original GAL/Florida Bar article.   In partnership with the Bar’s Appellate Practice Section, the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program announced its latest pro bono initiative, the “Defending Best Interests…

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Guardian ad Litem | Advocate | Stop Child Abuse in FL
Funny Word, Serious Business: What is a Guardian ad Litem?

Guardian at lidem Guardian as litum Guardian and lietum Guardian ad litem. No matter how you spell it, guardian ad litem is a funny word that means serious business. Court judge serious. Save a life serious. But don’t let its unusual name fool you. Guardians ad litem aren’t graven characters from the latest science fiction…

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Guardian ad Litem Seeks Volunteers To Serve As Child Advocates

More than 1,100 children are assigned to the 4th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem program during any given month. We are working every day to ensure that each of those children has a voice in our court system - one that speaks only to the child's best interests. This article from the Tallahassee Democrat perfectly…

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GAL | Voice | I am for the child
GAL Moves Moviegoers

Guardian ad Litem moved audiences at the Tinseltown and AMC Orange Park movie theaters with its powerful 30-second volunteer ad that will have you saying "I am for the child." The month-long movie theatre campaign ran from May 12-June 16 at both theaters, airing during the preview features. If you would like to become a voice and…

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GAL | Be My Neighbor | WJCT | Volunteers
New GAL volunteer leads from Be My Neighbor!

Our folks from the 4th Circuit Guardian ad Litem program were present at the Be My Neighbor! event, held at WJCT on Saturday, June 3.  The event was held to help instill a sense of volunteerism and good deeds within the children of our Jacksonville community. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Guardian ad Litem hosted a booth…

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GAL benefit | Avondale Dance | Sail Away
Dancing Into The Hearts of GAL

Join us in watching some of the area's best performers dance across the stage and into the hearts of GAL at the Sail Away Dance Review on June 10 at 4 p.m. Presented by Avondale Dance Directions, the Sail Away Dance Review will showcase some of Jacksonville's best professional and amateur dance talent. A portion of…

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Florida’s Guardians Ad Litem Are Vital Voices For Children

Children whose lives are impacted by abuse, neglect or abandonment need help to survive and succeed. What we do for our children today is a valuable investment for generations to come. Every day, Florida’s Guardian ad Litem volunteers work diligently to represent the best interest of our state’s most fragile and vulnerable children. GAL volunteers…

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