GAL seeks to serve every child
Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM.
Blumenthal said, in addition to representing the children in court, GAL volunteers seek to provide more normalcy for children who are neglected, abused and displaced.
A second not-for-profit, Child Advocates, II (CAII), supports GAL by raising funds to provide clothing, transportation, school supplies, housing, medical and dental care and more for children whose total needs are not met by existing state agencies. This may include children in the foster system and young people over 18 who “age out” of care and may be handed their belongings in a plastic trash bag and left with no place to go.
CAII helps kids aging out of the system to get set up in their first home. Blumenthal said that in 2013, they provided gifts for more than 400 children at Christmas. CAII serves Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Liberty counties.
For more information about CAII, GAL and volunteering opportunities, visit http://gal2.org/ or call (866) 341-1425.
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