FLORIDA GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOUNDATION

I am for the child

aka FLORIDA GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOUNDATION   |   Tallahassee, FL   |  www.flgal.org

Mission

The mission of the Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation is to provide additional resources for the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program, its volunteers, and its affiliated circuit non-profit organizations in order to promote Guardian ad Litem representation for abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Florida’s dependency system.

Ruling year info

2003

CEO

Mr. Eric Clark

Main address

PO Box 10688

Tallahassee, FL 32302 USA

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EIN

45-0501348

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation exists to support the volunteers who give a voice to our most vulnerable children, who are thrown into an overburdened child welfare system that is hard-pressed to meet their individual needs. We believe that no child should be lost because the system that we, as taxpayers, set up to protect them fails them instead.

Guardian ad Litem, or GAL volunteers, are empowered directly by the courts. They offer the system the critical information it needs to ensure that each child's rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. GAL volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a GAL volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation

The Florida GAL Foundation provides training and networking opportunities for staff and volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children. Other major activities include recruitment of volunteers, providing a unified voice to convey the importance of the work and services the GAL Program provides to abused and neglected children, and providing resources to volunteers and foster care children.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is striving toward a goal of ensuring that every child who needs a GAL volunteer has one.

As a society, we share a fundamental obligation to ensure that the basic rights and needs of every child are met. GAL volunteers are a formidable force fighting for these rights.

GAL volunteers improve representation of children. They reduce the time that lawyers need to spend with children. They are more likely than paid lawyers to file written reports and have their recommendations adopted by judges. GAL volunteers are highly respected by judges who often rely on the independent assessment of the GAL volunteer.

For many abused and neglected children, their GAL volunteer is the only constant and reliable adult presence in their lives. And that single volunteer can often be enough to break the cycle of abuse and neglect—not just for one child,
but for generations to come.

With the help of a GAL volunteer, a child is:

• More likely to find a safe, permanent home.
• More likely to be adopted.
• Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care.
• Half as likely to re-enter foster care.

As of December 2017, we have over 10,000 GAL volunteers who are advocating for over 20,000 foster care children in Florida.

Our goal is to have 12,000 GAL volunteers by 2021 serving over 25,000 foster care youth.

Financials

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FLORIDA GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 04/11/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lori Duarte-Roberts

SunTrust Bank