INFORMATION / GAL ORIENTATION
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.
2019 Information Sessions
- Thursday, February 7 From: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
- Thursday, March 14 From: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
- Thursday, May 16 From: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
- Thursday, July 11 From: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
- Thursday, Sept. 12 From: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
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.
2019 Class Schedule
- Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12
- Friday, February 22
- Friday, June 14
- Friday, August 16
Friday, October 25
*PLEASE NOTE: CLASS DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON
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.
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, unmet 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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