Why should you get involved with the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program and be a voice for a child?
A child with a CASA/GAL volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home:
- More likely to be adopted
- Half as likely to re-enter foster care
- Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care
More likely to have a plan for permanency, especially children of color
More services are ordered for the child
Children with a CASA/GAL volunteer spend less time in foster care
“It is quite remarkable that children without CASA involvement are spending an average of over eight months longer in care, compared to children having CASA involvement.”
… and are less likely to be bounced home to home.
CASA/GAL volunteers improve representation of children.
- Reduce the time needed by lawyers
- Highly effective in having their recommendations adopted by the court
Children with CASA/GAL volunteers do better in school…
- More likely to pass all courses
- Less likely to have poor conduct in school
- Less likely to be expelled
… and score better on nine protective factors
Neighborhood resources, interested adults, sense of acceptance, controls against deviant behavior, models of conventional behavior, positive attitude towards the future, valuing achievement, ability to work with others and ability to work out conflicts.
Find out more by filing out our contact form and the Guardian ad Litem Program will contact you so you can get involved today!
You can also be a voice for a child by supporting the Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation. The Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation’s mission is to provide additional resources for the GAL Program, its volunteers, and its affiliated circuit non-profit organizations in order to promote Guardian ad Litem representation for abused, neglected and abandoned children in Florida’s dependency system. Learn More