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What we do


We are committed to providing

every vulnerable child

in Palm Beach County with a voice to advocate for their physical, educational and emotional best interests

DONATE NOW!

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What we do


We are committed to providing

every vulnerable child

in Palm Beach County with a voice to advocate for their physical, educational and emotional best interests

DONATE NOW!

Speak Up for Kids supports the Guardian Ad Litem Program to advocate for and protect the lives of children in the dependency (including foster care) system - facilitating their development, ensuring their right to a safe and permanent home, and building their future.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

THE IMPACT

Research shows that children with a Guardian Ad Litem advocate are
more likely to….

  • Be adopted

  • Find a safe and permanent home

  • Pass all educational courses

  • Have better conduct in school

  • Get the services they need for emotional + educational well-being

And children with a GAL are 1/2 as likely to re-enter foster care.

In 2015, these efforts resulted in 334 children being reunited with their families, 174 children being placed with permanent guardians, 145 children being adopted, and in helping 46 children "age out" of foster care.

As of January 2016, there will are 610 volunteer child advocates (GALs), who are providing advocacy for 860 foster and children in dependency, working to bring permanency and stability to their young lives. Having sufficient staff to recruit, train, manage and support the volunteers is what is vital and necessary to provide a voice for vulnerable children. 

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How we do it


This is Max's Story...
10 Different Placements
7 Different Schools
4 Social Workers
3 Therapists
Max has had
1 GALAdvocate

GAL Volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of dependency, with the sole purpose of advocating for each child's physical, educational and emotional well-being and best interest.

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How we do it


This is Max's Story...
10 Different Placements
7 Different Schools
4 Social Workers
3 Therapists
Max has had
1 GALAdvocate

GAL Volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of dependency, with the sole purpose of advocating for each child's physical, educational and emotional well-being and best interest.

 

IT's REALLY QUITE SIMPLE

 

GAL VOLUNTEER CHILD ADVOCATE

 

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CHILD VICTIM OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT

 

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HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

One volunteer can genuinely help and advocate for an abused, abandoned or neglected child wade through the child welfare system knowing someone is looking out for their best interest.

The Guardian ad Litem is the foundation of HOW the Power of Advocacy reaches children in need throughout our county.  We have yet to find any other children’s organization with the proven outcomes that turn resources into real hope for the future of each vulnerable children. You can see the multiplication of hope through the GAL program in what we call The Equation of Hope.

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What GAL Does


The Role of a GAL Volunteer

INVESTIGATION of child's situation.
FACILITATION of services.
ADVOCACY for child's best interest.
MONITORING parties involved.
REPORTING all findings to the court to ensure most informed decision-making toward child's best interest.

 

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What GAL Does


The Role of a GAL Volunteer

INVESTIGATION of child's situation.
FACILITATION of services.
ADVOCACY for child's best interest.
MONITORING parties involved.
REPORTING all findings to the court to ensure most informed decision-making toward child's best interest.

 

The Guardian ad Litem Program advocates to meet the complex needs of the children it serves through:

GAL Recruitment, Training and Support
The program recruits, trains and supports court-appointed adult volunteers to serve as the representative voice for abused, abandoned or neglected children involved in dependency court proceedings.

Child's Best Interest
While a GAL volunteer addresses the needs of our children in a holistic fashion, child’s best interest attorneys address the legal needs of our children.  CBI attorneys are essential to the overall success of the GAL Program because they provide the necessary legal advice and representation to our volunteer and staff advocates.  This allows us to provide a voice for our children and ensure their best interests are served and protected by the courts.

Children’s Normalcy 
We team up with the Guardian ad Litem Program to ensure kids that have suffered abuse, abandonment or neglect have what they need to experience as close to a normal life as they can while in the dependency system.  This includes providing: beds, clothing, school books, uniforms, and tutors and it also allows kids to participate in activities that every child should be able to enjoy such as: attending summer camp, getting band instruments, sporting equipment, tickets to school activities, dances, and prom.

 

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