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Guardian Ad-Litem Program Seeks Volunteers

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on April 7, 2021

In April, we pause to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month. More than 2,200 children within the 5th Judicial Circuit (which includes Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus and Hernando counties) are being served by the Guardian Ad Litem program, yet many are unaware of their plight.

Guardian Ad-Litem Program Seeks Volunteers During Child Abuse Prevention Month

National statistics show a child abuse report is made every ten seconds, with nearly fifty percent of these reports resulting in an investigation.

Even with nearly 450 Guardian ad Litem volunteers in the Fifth Judicial Circuit who represent about 81 percent of children served in the district, the demand for services remains strong. There are currently over 800 abused and neglected children whose cases are involved with our local courts who are without a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.

So, how can you help? Become a Guardian ad Litem volunteer and serve as a community and courtroom child advocate. Join Voices For Children of North Central Florida, Inc., to participate in fundraising activities that provide for the essential needs of children served by the Guardian ad Litem Program. Volunteer for special projects or donate services.

Become familiar with the face of child abuse. Make a difference in the life of a child and your community. If you are interested in learning more about the Guardian ad Litem program, please call 352-812-6971 or visit www.guardiandlitem.org.

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