About Voices for Children

More than 93% of the funds raised by the organization provides support of our mission statement. 

Voices For Children is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) created to help meet the unique and often critical financial needs of the children assigned to the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program. Voices for Children is comprised predominantly of volunteers. We work to secure additional grant funding and also support the recruitment, training, and retention of Guardian ad Litem volunteers.  

We receive GAL volunteer requests to provide basic things like sneakers and clothing, as well as funding for more serious specialized medical or dental treatment, psychological evaluations, and counseling for those children placed in the custody of the state of Florida and have a Guardian ad Litem appointed by the court.

Locally, there are thousands of children involved with area dependency courts. More volunteers are needed to advocate for these children and raise funds for the GAL program. To see up-to-date numbers, i.e. number of children and volunteers, please see the monthly reports on our Guardian ad Litem page. Fill out this form to become a volunteer.

Circuit 5

Citrus County
Hernando County
Lake County
Marion County
Sumter County

map of Florida with circuit 5 outlined in red
Normalcy Grants

Voices for Children received two separate grants to help these children achieve some normalcy in their life. These grants cover everyday things such as scouting, cheerleading, karate classes, prom tickets, year books, summer camp, and many more activities formerly denied to these children due to a lack of funding.

Board of Directors

In Memoriam
Wanda Vogler


Sue Carpenter
Vice President
Kathleen Cossey
Dorothy Norman
Officer at large
Jeff Cohen


Alan Gouge
Betty Frankfather
Cindy Koebernick
Erick Forholt
Gae Pensabene
Jane Gouge
Jill Schwartz
Joan Knight
Lori Patterson
Sonia Semans
Liaison: Barbara Robertson
Bookkepper: Dianne Truett

Friends of Voices

Donna Alger
Eric Palhof

Join Our Board of Directors

Join Voices for Children to assist neglected and abandoned children.

Requirements for board membership:

Reside in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion or Sumter County
Participate in monthly board meetings with no more than 2 absences per year
Guardians ad Litem do not require background checks by Voices, all others applicants will need to complete.
Participate on a least one committee and assist with various events.
Provide your expertise from previous work and organization experience.

If interested contact:


Board Application - Guardians ad LitemBoard Application - Non-GAL