Guardians Ad Litem

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What They Do

Guardian ad Litem volunteers speak up for the rights of children. Guardians advocate in court for the best interest of children who find themselves involved, through no fault of their own with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), providing them with a voice in court. See our brochure below for more information.

How To Become A Guardian ad Litem Volunteer

Please contact one of our trainers to have your questions about becoming a Guardian answered.
Amarilys Ortega can be reached at 352-343-2736 or
Diana Gisonni can be reached at 352-812-6971 or
Amarilys or Diana will answer your questions and if you have further interest, set an interview appointment. Making a written application should provide a clear view of what is expected in this program. A training schedule for all five counties – Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter, is available.

Child Advocate Volunteers Sought for the Guardian ad Litem Program

The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program is currently in desperate need of volunteers to be advocates for abused, neglected or abandoned children whose cases are in the court system. A GAL is a trained volunteer appointed by the court to advocate on behalf of a child. The GAL becomes familiar with the child’s case and makes recommendations to help ensure a safe, stable and permanent environment for the child.


Guardian ad Litem Newsletters

Guardian ad Litem Training Days

Here are three upcoming opportunities for Guardian ad Litem training! Please register by calling 352-817-1546 or 352-812-6971


Vacant Positions

Click "read more" to see the job descriptions of these open positions that help children in need in your community.


Guardian ad Litem Program Prudential Davis Productivity Award

The Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program Earns the Prudential Davis Productivity Award for the 4th Consecutive Year


A message from Marcia Hilty, the 5th Judicial Circuit Director

Every day in the 5th Judicial Circuit (Hernando, Marion, Lake, Citrus, and Sumter county), hundreds of abused and neglected children become involved with our local courts because their parents are unable or unwilling to properly care for them. These children are no different from most children; they simply lack the care, safety, and protection of a stable, capable adult.


Guardian ad Litem Forms

Monthly Reports

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