News Briefs March 13, 2014

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 09:50 AM.

Guardian ad Litem class offered here

The Guardian ad Litem program for the Second Judicial District is offering training in Eastpoint on Friday, March 21 and Friday, March 28 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the Eastpoint Church of God.

Guardians ad Litem are citizens who volunteer to represent children before the court, social service agencies and the community. Volunteers are trained and supervised by program staff, including attorneys. On average, guardians devote eight to 10 hours a month to their cases.

Guardians become courtroom advocates and gather information to give a neglected or abused child a voice.

To become a Guardian, you must be at least 19 years of age and successfully complete a criminal background screening and the pre-service training program that is completed with in your community.

The training consists of a combination of online materials and in-classroom education. The training prepares you to be an advocate and a voice for the child. If interested or for more information, please call to schedule an interview. Contact Sara Blumenthal, 2nd Circuit Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Recruiter at (850) 606-1213(850) 606-1213 or (850) 445-1121(850) 445-1121 For additional information, visit

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