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Volunteer Advocates for Children


Assisting attorney's within Guardians ad Litem in representing the best interests of abused, neglected, or abandoned children.

VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

We’d love to have you on our team. I’d like to thank you for your interest in helping abused and neglected children involved in the dependency system in Orange County, Florida.

In Orlando, the Legal Aid Society administers the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program. While only attorneys can serve as a GAL, there are many in our community who are not attorneys; however, volunteer their time to help abused, neglected and abandoned children. For these individuals, we are pleased to offer our Volunteer Advocates for Children (VAC) Program. This program is designed to train, certify and supervise non-attorneys to serve as support to our pro bono GALs and Staff Attorneys, by visiting children and reporting on their placement, services needed, and well-being.

To qualify for our VAC program, you must be at least 18 years of age, be in good health and of moral character. The time commitment that is required during that year is based on the amount of time you have available in conjunction with the GAL and/or child’s needs. The position requires you to visit with the child once per month (in person or virtually) and submit a written report of the child’s status. This is an excellent opportunity for those who want to get hands on experience in social work and/or law.

If you or someone you know would like to make a difference in the lives of children as a lay volunteer with the GAL Program, please contact Tykeem McCord, Assistant VAC Coordinator, via email at tmccord@legalaidocba.org. As well, visit our website at, legalaidsociety.org for more information.

We can’t do it without you!


Assisting attorney's within Guardians ad Litem in representing the best interests of abused, neglected, or abandoned children.

VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

We’d love to have you on our team. I’d like to thank you for your interest…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per month
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Training Provided

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location

The Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA)

Orlando, FL, United States

Apply to This Volunteer Opportunity

Instructions:

We are excited about your interest in volunteering for the GAL program at the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association! Please email our Assistant VAC Coordinator, Tykeem McCord via email at:  tmccord@legalaidocba.org to start the application process. The requirements for serving as a VAC include:

  • up to date resume
  • 3 personal references
  • phone interview with our Assistant VAC Coordinator
  • level II background check with fingerprinting
  • time commitment of 2-4 hours a month

***Due to COVID, visitations occur primarily remote via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.

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