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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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Active Seniors Make Great GALs!

The Golden Years aren't what they used to be!  More and more, our population's seniors are looking for ways to get out of the house, stay active and continue to make an impact in their communities. By becoming a child advocate volunteer for the Guardian ad Litem program, seniors can make a difference in a child's…

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Judge Daniel P. Dawson Awarded Honorary GAL

Judge Dawson was recently recognized by the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program an Honorary Guardian ad Litem. An Honorary Guardian ad Litem is a community leader who supports the mission of the Guardian ad Litem Program to represent the best interests of Florida’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children. Giving, caring, protecting, advocating, listening – these…

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Jacksonville Home & Patio Show Brings Up To 80 New GALs!

It was a great day for children on the First Coast as the Guardian ad Litem recruiting team amassed approximately 80 potential leads for the GAL program - meaning we could shortly have as many as 80 more voices toward our goal of providing a volunteer advocate to every child in the 4th Circuit dependency…

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Keys To Independence Project Passes

On January 23, the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs met to discuss Senate Bill 60.  They heard testimony from advocates and former foster youth from Youth SHINE.  The bill makes the “Keys to Independence”  pilot project permanent – paving the way for foster children to get their learner permits and drivers license.  The bill…

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Guardian ad Litem | There's No Place Like Home | Auction | Fundraiser
There’s No Place Like Home Raises $120K

There was magic in the Land of Oz at the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Florida’s First Coast, Inc.’s inaugural fundraising event, There’s No Place Like Home, held Nov. 4. Gross proceeds for the event topped $120,000 and net proceeds will go toward the volunteer recruitment and training for the Fourth Circuit Guardian ad Litem…

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No Place Like Home | Jacksonville | Guardian ad Litem Charity Event
Tickets available for There’s No Place Like Home

Tickets almost sold out for GAL's There's No Place Like Home! Click here to reserve your spot! The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Florida’s First Coast, Inc. is thrilled to announce its inaugural fundraising event, There’s No Place Like Home, on Nov. 4, 2016. The event will be held in a place as unique as Oz…

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Perseverance Beyond The Field: From Foster Children to U.S. Olympians

The United States said goodbye to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a total of 121 medals – though many would say those medals were won far from the fields, mats and pools of Brazil. To merely compete on a worldwide stage of that magnitude takes personal and financial sacrifice that few of us will…

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Opioid Epidemic | Naxolone | Guardian ad Litem | Children
Opioid Epidemic Affects Jacksonville Children

On the First Coast, the number of heroin-related deaths has more than doubled in a year. Overdoses in the Jacksonville community are on the rise and more opioid-related cases are hitting our dependency courts. WJCT coordinated an area-wide forum on the contributing factors in the rise of opioid use and its impact on the Jacksonville…

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New Adoption Law Puts Children First

On March 23, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Child's Best Hope Act. The new law allows judges to make decisions regarding adoption intervention using the child's (or children's) best interest standard, the standard upon which the Guardian ad Litem charity was founded. Previously, the court was only permitted to determine whether the…

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