Guardian ad Litem Goes “Inside Jacksonville” – 5 things you didn’t know about the charity
October 21, 2015
Guardian ad Litem may be celebrating its 35th anniversary, but many people still don’t understand what Guardian ad Litem is, or the impact guardians have on the community. Lindsay Stevens, Child Advocate Recruiter for Guardian ad Litem, spoke with 96.1 WEJZ’s Jim Byard about the Guardian ad Litem program, how it works and how the community can help be a voice for abused, neglected and abandoned children.
The volunteers at Guardian ad Litem champion for child abuse prevention every time they speak up for children in the court system that are suffering the effects of child abuse. They visit, they listen and they help define, “What is child abuse?” Judges and attorneys value the observations and recommendations made by these trained volunteers.
Here are 5 things you didn’t know about Guardian ad Litem:
- The Guardian ad Litem program in Jacksonville began as a child abuse task force in 1979.
- Children with a Guardian ad Litem are half as likely to re-enter foster care.
- Guardian ad Litem volunteers are only required to commit an average of 10 hours each month.
- Volunteer Guardians ad Litem help save the community an average of $1 million each year.
- Guardian ad Litem’s therapy dogs provide support to children during difficult times in the courtrooms.
Become a champion for Duval, Clay & Nassau County’s children, become a superhero, become a volunteer today.
Click here to donate to the Guardian ad Litem programs.
Press play to listen to Lindsay Steven’s full interview on Inside Jacksonville. (If audio does not load properly, you can stream the interview from the WEJZ The Morning Show page.)