Certified Child Advocacy Pre-Service Training
Thank you for choosing to become a GAL Volunteer with the 19th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem. From this point on, you are part of a team that will help guide you through the world of child advocacy. This is a Volunteer (NO PAY) posting. This opportunity is for Florida residents in Saint Lucie, Okeechobee, Martin, and Indian River counties.
This training is the certified child advocacy pre-service training that is required to become a volunteer for the 19th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program (GALP). Training is in a relaxing environment with refreshments and light entertainments so please dress casual. There will be hourly breaks and a break for lunch. Training will cover things such as: recognizing case notes, activity logs, dependency reports, court orders, permanency notices, educational advocacy, and the path of a case. The perspective and experiences of licensed Child Advocacy Managers (CAMs) and licensed Attorneys will help shape your understanding as to what your role is as a GAL Volunteer. Some of the training is interactive to stimulate and facilitate communication and understanding which is very important in child advocacy. Through this training, you will gain a fresh understanding of why it is important to advocate for children that are in the system.
Within 14 days upon completion of the certified pre-service training, you will be expected to sign for at least one case. Candidate should have some experience with computers and emails to be a Volunteer Child Advocate. You must be 21 years or older to sign for a case. You must have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation. Commitment and communication are very important in child advocacy. As a Volunteer Child Advocate, you will only have to commit an average of 10 to 15 hours per month. You will be responsible for making at least one visit to the child(ren) per 30 days where they have been placed. You will be gathering information on how the child(ren) is living and socializing, how they are doing in school, if they are getting or need any medical and or behavioral treatment. Upon completion of each visit, you will fill out and forward a visitation report on the information you have gathered to your Child Advocacy Manager (CAM) for processing. You will participate in staffings where you will make recommendations and discuss visits for pending court dates with the help of your CAM and a staffed attorney which makes up your team. You will be expected to attend court where you will testify to your findings. The lawyers on your team will be there before, during and after to help guide you through this process. You will be expected to attend in-service training to maintain your certification. Further information such as training dates, locations, times, and certifications will be made available. This is a very worthwhile opportunity to make a true difference in a child's life. Thank YOU in advance for what you do and having an interest in the 19th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem.
How to apply:
You apply by first calling (772) 785-5804 or 5875 and asking to speak to a Volunteer Recruiter in order to complete the necessary documentation prior to training. Please allow at least one week for orientation and processing prior to training. I and everyone here at the 19th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem thank you very much for your interest in the program and caring for children. I am for the child