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A Guiding Light: Jacksonville’s Guardian ad Litem program keeps children on course.

Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Florida's First Coast Chair, Felecia Walker, speaks with Folio2.0’s Rob Nicholson about Jacksonville’s Guardian ad Litem program and what it means to be a guiding light in a child’s life. Guardians ad Litem serve as the exclusive advocates for children in the court system in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties.    Watch…

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Action News Jax
Action News Jax Sunday: The Guardian ad Litem Foundation is looking for time, talent or donations

Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Florida's First Coast Chair, Felecia Walker, speaks with Action News Jax's Tenikka Hughes about volunteering with the foundation and becoming an advocate for children in the court system. Watch the video

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Happy Hour Segment on River City Live

Our Young Professionals will host a Happy Hour to benefit Guardian ad Litem programs. Take a look at the interview on River City Live.

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Clay, Nassau and Duval counties in critical need of guardian ad litem volunteers

By: Alicia Tarancon , Action News Jax Updated: Jan 25, 2019 - 7:27 PM Clay, Nassau and Duval Counties are in a dire need of guardian ad litem volunteers.  Those are the court-appointed child advocates used to meet the needs of abused and neglected children.  “You say how many lives I’ve touched -- I’ve been touched by…

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The Marbut Report: Federal bench and Bar celebrate ‘Spirit of Giving’

The Federal Bar Association Jacksonville chapter’s annual “Spirit of Giving” awards recognize those who have made notable contributions in service to others. “It’s a testament to the legal community in this area that we haven’t run out of people to honor,” said U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan, who presented the 12th annual awards at The…

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Girl in court | Guardian ad Litem | CASA
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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