If you’re an attorney who wants to use your legal expertise to give a voice to a child, you will find rewarding service through the Florida Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program. There are more than 30,000 abused, abandoned, and neglected children under the jurisdiction of Florida’s juvenile dependency courts. Effective legal advocacy of their best interests is crucial to ensure they reach permanency quickly, get the services they need, and have a voice in court.
However you choose to give a voice to Florida’s most vulnerable children, the GAL Program will support you. The Program is focused on providing supportive pro bono opportunities. The Program has more than 170 attorneys who can answer questions or provide practice aids such as templates for motions and guidance on substantive law. Our Child Advocate Managers can offer information about local procedures and community resources. Pro bono attorneys also have access to free online training and CLE opportunities.
How You Can Make a Difference……..
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The GAL Program, the Young Lawyer Division of The Florida Bar and community partners work together to provide legal resources to survivors of domestic violence. As part of the initiative, the project engages pro bono attorneys and provides free training and resources. Register your interest.
Pro bono attorneys work with youth representing them in various proceedings, such as dependency, immigration, trust. The Program also accepts law students as interns. To get involved, Register your interest.
If you’d prefer to advocate for a child as a lay volunteer, click here to learn what it means to be a GAL volunteer.
Training and Resources:
The Guardian ad Litem Program presents Free Florida CLE. Attorneys can access free online presentations and trainings that cover a wide range of topics from appeals to domestic violence. Each presentation is accredited for CLE from The Florida Bar. For more resources, visit the GAL Attorney Resources and Training.