In 2022, the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office was appointed to and represented more than 36,000 children under the jurisdiction of Florida’s juvenile dependency courts. High-quality, independent, effective legal advocacy is crucial to ensure that children in foster care reach permanency quickly, get the services they need and have a voice in court.

If you choose to help Florida’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children, the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office will support you. The Office is focused on providing supportive pro bono opportunities. The Office has more than 200 staff attorneys positions who can answer questions or offer practice aids such as templates for motions and guidance on substantive law. Our child welfare professionals can provide information about local procedures and community resources. Pro bono attorneys can access free online training and CLE opportunities at


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Defending Best Interests

With the support of the Guardian ad Litem Appellate Team, pro bono attorneys defend the child’s best interests during the appeals process by writing briefs.

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FAWL in Love with GAL

Pro bono attorneys mentor youth as they transition to independence as part of this pro bono partnership with Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Free CLE training provided to all participants.

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Pro bono attorneys represent older dependent youth as co-counsel in the dependency proceeding. Independent living attorneys are part of the child’s multidisciplinary team and receive the full support of the local office.
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Volunteer Advocates

Pro bono attorneys work with children representing them in various proceedings, such as dependency, immigration, and trust. The Office also accepts law students as interns.

Pro Bono Process

The Florida Guardian ad Litem Office offers Free Florida Continuing Legal Education (CLE). Attorneys can access free online presentations and training that cover a wide range of topics from appeals to domestic violence. Each presentation is accredited for CLE from The Florida Bar.

If you are 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 Office.

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