Free

Guardian ad Litem Pre-Service Training

Course description


This course provides an overview of the laws and court procedures that govern dependency cases in Florida. It is important to have a general understand of Chapter 39 as well as common court procedures and practices.  

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Gain a general understanding of the laws and court procedures that govern dependency cases in Florida.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the purpose of the various hearings in the path of a dependency case.
  • Identify best practices to advocate for timely permanency for dependent children.
  • Understand the role of a guardian ad litem at all stages in a dependency case.

You are not expected to complete the course in one sitting.  It is recommend you complete one chapter at a time, allowing at least 30 minutes per chapter.  

NOTE:  For Guardian ad Litem staff and volunteers, the Optima training topic for this 1.5 hour course is "Legal Issues".

This material has been exclusively designed for I am for the child Academy.


 

Reviews (3)

This whole section was so good, well put together, and powerful. Shane's video had me in tears.

by Merredith Donner

The material was very informative and served as a recap of the initial training to become a GAL.

by kreshawn walker

Very detailed and enlighten, Had no idea of all the care/work and help this program can be to a child.

by Jack Ganzel

This whole section was so good, well put together, and powerful. Shane's video had me in tears.

by Merredith Donner

The material was very informative and served as a recap of the initial training to become a GAL.

by kreshawn walker

Very detailed and enlighten, Had no idea of all the care/work and help this program can be to a child.

by Jack Ganzel

Guardian ad Litem  State Office

Guardian ad Litem State Office

Legal Counsel

Guest Presenters: 

  • Kristen Solomon, Esquire - Statewide Director of Operations 
  • Camille Frazer, Esquire - Regional Legal Counsel Southern
  • Kathleen Clendining, Esquire - Managing Attorney, 15th Circuit
  • Brittany Rutan, Esquire - Managing Attorney, 9th Circuit 
Course Contents

5 Multimedia

1 Quiz

1 PDF

1.5 hrs

Course Curriculum

Chapter 7 - Section 1

Chapter 7 - Section 2

Chapter 7 - Section 3