Becoming a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer (GAL)
How can I get started?
Complete the GAL Application Form and fax to Issa Hosein, FAX 305.638.6017
What is a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer?
A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is a trained, court-appointed volunteer that serves as the voice for abused and neglected children in juvenile court.
What do GALs do?
• Speak up for the best interests of the child
• Gather information through regular visits with the child
• Conduct interviews with people associated with the child, such as parents, caregivers and all social and medical service providers
• Attend hearings on the child’s behalf
• Make recommendations to the judge
Who can become a GAL?
• Possesses a strong desire to help children
• Demonstrates good judgment and common sense
• Exhibits good communication skills
• Provides favorable references and consents to a background check
• Completes 30 hours of training
• Is at least 21 years old
What are the rewards?
• Knowing you are making a difference in a child’s life
• Giving something back to your community
• Meeting new people with similar interests and values
• Gaining valuable experience and building professional skills
What kind of training is offered?
• Training sessions are 30 hours and are held over a two-week period
• Courses include: courtroom procedure, social services, the juvenile justice system and the special needs of abused children
• No special experience or legal background is needed
• For an upcoming training schedule, please click here
How much time is required?
• An average of three hours per week is required in most cases
• Guardians are asked to commit at least one year to the program, although many of our volunteers have been with us longer than that
What if I need help with my case?
• Guardians are assisted by a strong team of attorneys and supervisors
• Staff is available to represent Guardians in court if they are unable to attend
• Guardian volunteers are also a great source of support for each other; voluntary monthly support group meetings ensure that our volunteers stay in touch if they choose to
What if I have more questions?
You can call (305) 638-6861 ext. 267 or you can email Issa Hosein at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like, a tour of the facility and courtroom can be arranged for you.