Course Description

This course provides an overview of the needs and development of children.  Children's needs depend upon their age, stage of development, attachment to their family/caregivers, and reaction to what is happening around them. 


The objectives of this course include understanding: 

  • Age appropriate behavior in children 
  • A child's basic needs 
  • Why the Minimum Sufficient Level of Care Standard is in the best interest of children 
  • The cycle of attachment 
  • How abuse and neglect can disrupt a child's development

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

Training Specialists

Statewide Guardian ad Litem Training Team

For any questions on this material please contact us at training@gal.fl.gov . Thank you!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Before you get started

    • Welcome!

    • Navigating an Academy Course

  • 2

    Section 1: Child Well-Being Overview

    • Well-Being of the Child

    • First 1,000 Days

    • Developmental Scale of Children

    • Child Attachment, Part A

    • Child Attachment, Part B

    • Minimum Sufficient Level of Care

  • 3

    Section 2: Advocacy in Action

    • "Best Interest" Principle

    • Child Development Scenarios

    • Advocacy Questions to Consider

  • 4

    Section 3: Chapter Wrap-Up

    • Chapter 3 Quiz

    • Chapter 3 Wrap-Up

Reviews

5 star rating

Vital information

Karen Onsager

This information should be mandatory for all new parents

This information should be mandatory for all new parents

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5 star rating

Child well-being

Marji lecompte

Importance of milestones. They are individual. How they can be affected by neglect or abuse. Min. guidelines for the child basic needs are met.

Importance of milestones. They are individual. How they can be affected by neglect or abuse. Min. guidelines for the child basic needs are met.

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5 star rating

Amaya Ariztoy

I found the examples of situations on all ages of a child and the potential solutions or resources very useful.

I found the examples of situations on all ages of a child and the potential solutions or resources very useful.

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Comprehensive

James Massa

Contains a great amount of knowledge about child development.

Contains a great amount of knowledge about child development.

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Carmen B Martinez

This is a must know information to become a good VGAL

This is a must know information to become a good VGAL

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Chapter 3

Michael Alicea

Straightforward and to the point. I very well formatted summary.

Straightforward and to the point. I very well formatted summary.

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Child Well-Being

Mary-Ellen Haley

Another worthwhile course for a GAL's training.

Another worthwhile course for a GAL's training.

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I am for the child Academy

Victoria Olavarria

the course was well organized and easy to navigate. The information was presented in language that was easy to follow and understand.

the course was well organized and easy to navigate. The information was presented in language that was easy to follow and understand.

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Chapter Three

Judith Kahn-Leeson

Strong course of valuable information, suggestions, thought processes needed in assessing and addressing the child and his/her individual level of developmen...

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Strong course of valuable information, suggestions, thought processes needed in assessing and addressing the child and his/her individual level of development/needs. Strongly supportive and encouraging with regard to keeping in mind that communication and collaboration with the TEAM is paramount; one is not "sailing the ship" alone. Thank you!

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Useful

Renee Cuellar

Extremely useful, not only for this role, but personally also. Great information provided.

Extremely useful, not only for this role, but personally also. Great information provided.

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Very helpful

Max Smith

Developmental stages were broken down and easy to follow.

Developmental stages were broken down and easy to follow.

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Informative

Diane Hartin

Very detailed and to the point

Very detailed and to the point

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Great Info

Enide Bellamy

Lots of follow up information and resources were provided

Lots of follow up information and resources were provided

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Chapter 3

Holly VanHoose

Well written, interesting and easy to understand. Liked the varied formats for the different parts.

Well written, interesting and easy to understand. Liked the varied formats for the different parts.

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LeTrenna Mosley

This course was great! I learned a lot about how to asses the well-being of a child and how to use the "Best Interest Principle" to figure what a child reall...

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This course was great! I learned a lot about how to asses the well-being of a child and how to use the "Best Interest Principle" to figure what a child really needs. I especially liked that this chapter gave scenarios of cases one might have as a GAL volunteer and recommendations of what a GAL volunteer might do in each situation.

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Chapter 3

Julie M Kelly

I missed the question on the minimum standard of care. I went back and reviewed the material and did not find the answer necessary to help me.

I missed the question on the minimum standard of care. I went back and reviewed the material and did not find the answer necessary to help me.

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Child well being

Deb Ward

I found the information to be clear and easy to understand.

I found the information to be clear and easy to understand.

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Child Well-Being

Patty Nicholson

Better understanding of the development stages and effects of abuse..

Better understanding of the development stages and effects of abuse..

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child well-being

rhonda patton

good but case studies would be helpful

good but case studies would be helpful

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0 star rating

Being an Observer and Listener is so important

Salli Solow

With each chapter, I am learning how to be observant and attentive to the child during visits. So very important.

With each chapter, I am learning how to be observant and attentive to the child during visits. So very important.

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