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Guardian Ad Litem Day

March 25th, 2009 by flanews

33,000 kids on the state’s welfare rolls rely on volunteers to help them through the legal system.

The state’s guardian ad litem program has just 500 employees. 7,000 volunteers have stepped up to help neglected and abused children through the legal process. Child advocates met with the Governor and lawmakers Wednesday at the capitol for Guardian Ad Litem Month. Florida Guardian Ad Litem Executive Director Theresa Flury said children need the services they provide.

“When a child is removed, they lose parents, they lose their siblings so a lot of times the guardian is the one constant in that child’s life when that child is going through an extremely difficult period of time,” said Flury.

Despite the success of the Guardian’s volunteer program, 5,000 kids still go through the court system without anyone to offer support. For more information about how to volunteer go to www.guardianadlitem.org

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