Imagine a child with no voice. Imagine a child who has been abused and neglected and through no fault of their own finds themselves frightened and alone in court. Important, life-changing decisions swirling around them wrapped in confusing legal jargon. Who will help this child? If you are an attorney who wants to use their legal expertise to give a voice to this child, the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is a perfect place for you.
As a pro-bono attorney with the GAL Program, you can give a child a voice by:
- representing children with certain special needs (children prescribed psychotropic medications, children placed in or being considered for placement in a nursing homes or residential treatment centers, children diagnosed with certain disabilities or children who are victims of human trafficking).
- becoming a GAL Volunteer Child Advocate.
- representing a child as an Attorney ad Litem in a traditional attorney-client relationship.
You can also use your legal expertise to help children regarding issues such as immigration, special education, guardianship, and probate.
The GAL Program also welcomes law students who wish to intern with us, as well as those who wish to assist our pro bono attorneys.
However you choose to give a voice to Florida’s most vulnerable children, the GAL Program will support you. We provide free online training, practice aids and support through our skilled program attorneys and committed Program Office.
The most rewarding aspect of joining the GAL Program as a pro bono attorney is knowing the immense difference you can make every day in a child’s life. You can be a voice for that scared child in a courtroom -explaining the legal jargon, and making sure they have someone by their side to ensure their best interests are expressed to the court or as an attorney advocating for their wishes.
To start using your expertise to help a child, fill out our Pro Bono Inquiry Form and we will call you to discuss how you can be a voice for a child as a pro bono attorney.