CLEARWATER - More than 1,000 children in Pinellas County need someone to be their voice in the courtroom and to advocate for them in the child welfare system. Hundreds of guardians are urgently needed.
The next training will start Tuesday, April 3.
Guardian ad Litem volunteers advocate for abused, abandoned or neglected children in the family courts and the child welfare system.
The Guardian ad Litem can advocate to ensure services are provided for teens transitioning out of the foster care system or help expedite an adoption. The average time needed is six to eight hours a month.
Guardians receive 30 hours of free training and ongoing assistance to help them make a positive difference in the lives of children. Half of the training is now offered online.
To volunteer, call 464-6528. For information, visit www.guardianadlitem6.org.