Tampa, FL – “We can do small things with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” — Mother Teresa We have all seen or experienced struggles over the past year, and often, how small acts of kindness can make a big difference. Volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care can make a wonderful difference for them, and for you, as some of our current volunteers will attest.
Stephen F. explained why he joined: “I became a GAL to give something back now that I am retired. Having raised 3 kids and now enjoying my 6 grandkids, it was time for me to [help] other youth and contribute to their future. Every child deserves a better future.”
Nicole L. said, “After attending my first hearing, I knew I was in the right place and this is what my heart wanted me to do. I couldn’t be happier with the decision. My only regret is wishing I had done it sooner!”
“This is going to call on my life experience: common sense, organizational skills, follow-through, attention to detail, empathy and understanding,” says Kristine. “There are many worthy forms of volunteering, but in this I have found something that feels really important.”
You can help change a child’s story by being a consistent, caring adult in their life. A foster child with a Guardian ad Litem volunteer gets better grades, receives more services, has fewer foster home placements, and is more likely to be adopted. They feel more secure and develop higher self-esteem because someone cares about them and their needs.
And what do children say about how their Guardian ad Litem makes their life better? “You help me find places to live where people are nice to me.” “You listen to me.” “You check on me – if my grades are good and I am going to school.” “You make me laugh.” “You like donut holes, too.”
Guardian ad Litem volunteers are from a variety of backgrounds and careers, and share an average of 10-15 hours per month of their time. Volunteer training is provided. Information sessions about the Guardian ad Litem program and what volunteers do are available via phone. Learn more at www.galtampa.org or contact 813-272-5110.
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