Honor your Mother by Helping a Child
Sunday, May 13th is Mother’s Day. For most of us, it is a day to honor, celebrate, and thank our Moms for all they have done for us. It’s a time to acknowledge that, were it not for them, we might not know right from wrong, good from bad, or have survived our teenage years or all the other significant hurts and losses experienced by a life lived.
For many children who are victims of child abuse and neglect, Mother’s Day is anything but a reason to celebrate. It is a day that prompts painful memories and haunting “what ifs.” It is a day that always poses the same hurtful question…why did Mom choose drugs (or alcohol or an abusive paramour) over me?
Guardian ad Litem Volunteers are Trained to Help
Right now, in Citrus and Hernando Counties, over 600 children are involved with the child welfare and judicial systems. Most of these children are younger than eight years of age. Due to circumstances beyond their control, they are living with relatives or willing strangers.
However, there is hope. The Guardian ad Litem Program is a state and county funded organization that relies on trained volunteers to help these children cope with their difficult and challenging circumstances. Under the supervision of a human services professional and attorney, the volunteer advocates for the child’s best interests in court. They assist their child through the ups and downs of the process and make sure no one forgets that behind that case number is a young, vulnerable child who longs for a stable, loving home.
This year, as you celebrate Mother’s Day, please consider those less fortunate. In honor of your Mom and all the gifts she gave you, decide to make a lasting difference in the life of a child.
Become a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer. For more information about upcoming training, please contact Diana Gisonni at 352-812-6971 or by email at [email protected]. You can also visit us on our website at www.guardianadlitem.org