Speak Up! For Kids of Palm Beach County, Inc. raises funds to support Palm Beach County’s Guardian ad Litem Program in their efforts to recruit, train and support Guardians ad Litem (GALs). GALs are court-appointed volunteers who serve as advocates for the best interests of abused, abandoned and neglected children involved in dependency court proceedings.
Each year thousands of children, victims of abuse, abandonment, or neglect, are innocently subjected to dependency court proceedings and the uncertainty of their futures. Speak Up! For Kids of Palm Beach County, Inc. exists to address, spearhead the solution and ultimately meet the vital need for advocacy on these children’s behalf. More than victims, these children embody our community’s future – there futures deserve our voices!
In 2011 there were more than 32,000 under court supervision in the State of Florida. Of these, less than 70% currently have a GAL to advocate for their best interests. More than 1,300 children in Palm Beach County currently require a court-appointed volunteer GAL to Speak Up! for them. Numerous GALs must be recruited, trained, and supported to meet the current and growing need; advocating for innocent victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect right here in Palm Beach County.