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Want to learn more about what a GAL Volunteer does?

Virtual Volunteer Information Sessions are offered each month to answer your questions. Learn about Guardian ad Litem, the role of a volunteer, volunteer certification, and the importance of Changing a Child’s Story. Roles of a Volunteer include: -Visiting the child monthly and monitoring their safety and physical, emotional, and educational needs -Assess any outstanding needs…

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Introducing GALF’s Empowerment Scholarship

In early 2022, the Guardian ad Litem Foundation launched The Empowerment Scholarship with the generous support of John and Margie Arrowsmith in memory of their daughter, Krista. This scholarship is intended to Empower, Advance and Lift Up our young adults who have been in the child welfare system.  These individuals face unique challenges and need…

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The Guardian Ad Litem Foundation Endows Scholarship Assistance at The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation exists to help generous individuals, families and organizations put their philanthropic vision to work. One of the most rewarding charitable giving vehicles is an endowment—a fund that will exist in perpetuity to help now AND for generations to come. Felecia L. Walker, Esq., Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) board chair talks about how—and…

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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 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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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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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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