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What we do


Reaching 100% Advocacy

for every abused, abandoned, and neglected child
in Palm Beach County,

effectively breaking
the cycles of abuse, violence, crime and neglect
one child at a time.

DONATE NOW!

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What we do


Reaching 100% Advocacy

for every abused, abandoned, and neglected child
in Palm Beach County,

effectively breaking
the cycles of abuse, violence, crime and neglect
one child at a time.

DONATE NOW!

 

Speak Up for Kids of Palm Beach County, Inc. is the exclusive 501(c)(3) fundraising arm for the Guardian ad Litem Program of Palm Beach County, Florida. 

We champion best-interest child advocacy through the recruitment, training and retention of court-appointed volunteer child advocates. Through effective advocacy the cycles of abuse, violence, and crime are being broken one child at a time, and children’s futures are being rewritten. 

These “guardian angels” are committed solely to each child’s emotional, educational, and physical well-being throughout dependency court proceedings as the only 100% objective voice,  serving as ‘the eyes and ears of the dependency court’.

 
 

Our Targeted Initiatives 

#1 Therapeutic Court 
An award-winning pilot, the first of its kind in the US, to serve the most complex cases in our county through a round-table team approach. Every agency involved in a child’s case is represented and held accountable every week in a single meeting with Judge oversight. In its first year, TC achieved 11 adoptions across the 20 most  

#2 Early Childhood Court 
Child victims of abuse enter the system at every age. ECC is targeting the best interests of infant and toddler child victims and their families working toward safe, permanent placement of these young ones faster. 


#3 Foster Palm Beach
Dependency numbers continue to rise, and safe housing for our children remains in short supply. In 2018, we extended our impact efforts by creating Foster Palm Beach to recruit more foster families locally––a natural extension of our efforts to
Speak Up for Kids.

 
 

YOU CAN be the DIFFERENCE

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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.

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

 
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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 as they 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.

 

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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