We are for the child.

Guardians ad Litem focus exclusively on the child.


Becoming a Guardian ad Litem is a big commitment.  Not sure if this is for you?   Want to learn more?

Our GAL Orientations are designed with people like you in mind. Prospective volunteers have the opportunity to learn more about our program, ask questions, and pick up an application in a casual, no-obligation format.

2018 Information Sessions
  • Wednesday, March 7                    9:00 AM  - 10:30 AM
  • Wednesday, March 21                  6:00 PM  -   7:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 10                         

    6:00 PM  -   7:30 PM

  • Thursday, July 12                         6:00 PM  -   7:30 PM

  • Thursday, September 13              6:00 PM  -   7:30 PM


  • Thursday, November 8                 


    :00 PM  -   7:30 PM

  • Wednesday, December 12           9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM

These 90 minute sessions are held at the Seminole County Juvenile Justice Center, located at 190 Eslinger Way in Sanford. The sessions are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is appreciated. Call us at  (407) 665-5386. 

Our children deserve well-equipped volunteers, so we provide 30 hours of pre-service training for prospective Guardians ad Litem. Typically, this training takes place over two day-long seminars. Expect to learn about courtroom procedures, the unique needs of abused and neglected children, and the resources available in our community, among other topics. Attendance at both seminars, plus successful completion of some homework assignments, is required.
All prospective Guardian ad Litem volunteers must complete an application (including references), fingerprinting, background screens, attend an interview, and be approved to attend before class begins. Some homework assignments - such as observing court - should be completed before class begins. 

     2018 Class Schedule  

  • Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20
  • Friday, April 13  and  Saturday, April 14
  • Friday, June 22  and  Saturday, June 23                             
  • Friday, August 17 and  Saturday, August 18
  • Friday, October 19 and S

    aturday, October 20





 Current Guardians ad Litem are required to complete 12 hours of in-service training each year to maintain their certification. We do our best to provide many opportunities to help you fulfill this requirement - contact our office (our your Child Advocate Manager) for current opportunities. 

2018 Seminole County Friends of Abused Children Fundraiser


Help Support Our Kids!    Tickets are only $10 


Seminole County Friends of Abused Children, Inc. (SCFAC), a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, incorporated in 1990 to help fill in the gaps that federal and state programs do not fund for our community’s most vulnerable children.  This includes funding clothing, luggage, summer camps, eyeglasses, holiday gifts, and much more. Funds raised by Friends’ also pays for educational tutoring, un-met medical and legal needs for GAL children.

For information please visit the Seminole County Friends of Abused Children website:  https://www.friendsofabusedchildren.com/evening/

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Speak up for a Child!

Become a vital part of the advocacy team by becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem.

  Need more information?

Our next Information Night is on Tuesday, 11/8/2016. Our next volunteer training class will begin in  January.

Contact Us

Seminole County
Guardian Ad Litem Program
190 Bush Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32773


Phone Number: 407-665-5370
Fax Number: 407-665-5375
Email: galseminoleinfo@seminolecountyfl.gov