“Do you get paid?” I answer “No, all Guardians as Litem are actually volunteers.”
“Oh… you do it because you need the volunteer hours for school?” Again my answer is no.
The last and more common question is, “How can you do such a sad job?” To that I respond that I do not know what I would do if I could not do this amazing work.
Being a GAL is the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had; it is not a sad job, but a very important one. You get to be the voice of children that have lived most of their lives in silence; you get to advocate for their rights, and make sure they’re fulfilled. I get paid in smiles, hugs, gratitude, and the peace of mind that a little boy or a teenage girl is now smiling in the safety of a home.
It is our responsibility as adults to create a safe world for our children. Guardians ad Litem are hope, strength, and safety for a young person, who sometimes does not have anybody else to provide this for them.
Be someone’s hero today. Do your part in making this a world a better one. Wake up every day knowing that somewhere there is child that will always be grateful for your existence.
Guardians ad Litem do not get paid because their job is invaluable.” –- Alaina Machado, Volunteer GAL (Miami-Dade)