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Become A Guardian!

The children of Hillsborough County and VFC need your help. Can you imagine being taken from your home, separated from your family, and placed in a stranger's care? Or not know if you will see a familiar face again and wondering what you did wrong? If you answered, “Yes, I can!” then you understand the essential need for GAL volunteers. Children who have been abused or neglected often want someone to talk to, someone who listens to them, and they clearly need someone who will SPEAK on their behalf. These children can not be left on their own as they try to navigate an over-burdened court system that is well meaning and which tries to protect them, but which often falls short.

There are times when these children feel lost and alone and need someone who will be there -- just for them. We can promise you that becoming a GAL volunteer will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Who does this important job? People just like you! The Guardian ad Litem Program provides training and lots of support from trained staff who are ready to help you at a moment's notice.

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Training Schedules

Call our offices at 813-272-5110 to reserve your seat in our next training class. Guardian ad Litem Training Sessions are conducted approximately every other month, 2 nights a week, for approximately 5 weeks. Training classes are held throughout Hillsborough County. Each training class is begun by a two hour orientation conducted by the VFC Director who is eager to answer ALL of your questions about becoming a GAL volunteer, so even if you’re not absolutely sure this is the right volunteer job for you, plan to attend an Orientation session. Even if you have not RSVP'd, you are more than welcome to attend our Orientation and receive the information you need to make the decision. We always have room for you!