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

 Carrabelle library offers flood insurance help

On March 18, from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. there will be a webinar at the Carrabelle Library meeting room to introduce and explain the Community Rating System (CRS).

CRS provides reduced premiums for flood insurance policy holders in communities that implement programs and activities that exceed the minimum criteria for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. If your community conducts floodplain mapping, regulatory, loss reduction, emergency management, and/or public information activities, you could benefit from this program. Come learn about CRS basics credit points and classes, costs and benefits, where to get help, and how to apply.

This webinar is for people new to the CRS, especially from communities not yet in the program. The target audience is local officials, floodplain managers, and members of the public interested in flood protection.

This training is part of the new CRS Webinar Series and will be repeated along with more advanced topics in the coming months. If you are unable to attend but would like to learn more, the training session schedules are posted at