Course Description

In this course you will be provided important information about your role as a Volunteer Child Advocate as well as an overview of the child welfare system.  


The main objectives are to: 

  • Define your role as a volunteer and the parameters of the volunteer-child relationship 
  • Understand there are competencies needed to succeed in your role such as, empathy and critical thinking 
  • Describe the nature and scope of Florida's child welfare system 
  • Discuss a child's journey through the child welfare system

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

Please note the term Guardian ad Litem (GAL) means the same as Volunteer Child Advocate.

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

    Section 1: Program Overview

    • Program Overview

  • 2

    Section 2: The Volunteer Role

    • Making a Lifelong Difference

    • The Volunteer Role

    • Competencies Checklist

  • 3

    Section 3: The Child Welfare System

    • Guardian ad Litem Program's Multidisciplinary Team

    • The Child Welfare System

  • 4

    Section 4: Advocacy in Action

    • Advocacy in Action

  • 5

    Section 5: Chapter Wrap-Up

    • Chapter 1 QUIZ

    • Chapter Wrap-Up

    • Resources (Chapter 1)

Reviews

5 star rating

Perfect!

Harmony Till

The training was excellent! Thorough! Perfect!

The training was excellent! Thorough! Perfect!

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Comprehensive and Easy To Navigate

Carol Rogero

I thought the lessons were extremely easy to understand and navigate. I really appreciated the ability to stop and resume when needed.

I thought the lessons were extremely easy to understand and navigate. I really appreciated the ability to stop and resume when needed.

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Its great!

Jennah Masset

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Simple, easy to follow

Kameron Robinson

I was employed in the child welfare system for 7 years. It took some time to learn about different things like the roles that everyone plays and the court p...

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I was employed in the child welfare system for 7 years. It took some time to learn about different things like the roles that everyone plays and the court process. For a new volunteer, I think the content is simple and not overwhelming which is very important.

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5 star rating

Overwhelming information made simple

KAYLA HULL

Jumping in, there is a lot of information to digest. The introduction to the GAL volunteer role was meaty but simplistic. All the resources stay available fo...

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Jumping in, there is a lot of information to digest. The introduction to the GAL volunteer role was meaty but simplistic. All the resources stay available for review, which is very helpful as well.

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Full of intresting and valuable information!

Luz Pastrana

This is so full of information and details that I was not expecting. The job of the advocate is to make sure this one chid is given evey resourse that is ava...

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This is so full of information and details that I was not expecting. The job of the advocate is to make sure this one chid is given evey resourse that is availble to him/or her. To make sure you as an advocate give this child every opportunity to make them safe.

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5 star rating

Good Title

Nancy Divita

It was a good training, overview. I like that I could listen or read the training. Navigation was easy.

It was a good training, overview. I like that I could listen or read the training. Navigation was easy.

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Accurate

Karen Howe

The content was presented in a logical format and included examples, additional documents and clear explanations for all the departments, acronyms and duties...

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The content was presented in a logical format and included examples, additional documents and clear explanations for all the departments, acronyms and duties expected of a GAL.

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Introducing the GAL volunteer role

Angela Horne

Very informative about the GAL core values and vision statement.

Very informative about the GAL core values and vision statement.

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Wendy Norcia

This was easy to follow, i enjoyed the links to the outside sources to view additional information and the flow charts.

This was easy to follow, i enjoyed the links to the outside sources to view additional information and the flow charts.

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Thorough and perfect for an opening primer.

Drew Nederpelt

The information provided was done so in a manner that allowed the user to move at their own pace, was relevant (and at times redundant, but that's how people...

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The information provided was done so in a manner that allowed the user to move at their own pace, was relevant (and at times redundant, but that's how people learn) and not overly burdensome, convoluted or time-consuming.

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5 star rating

Perfectly explains what the information in this chapter i...

Allison Gheen

Extremely informative. The mixture of videos and exercises kept this course from getting boring.

Extremely informative. The mixture of videos and exercises kept this course from getting boring.

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5 star rating

Very informative course

Shelley Shevchik

I liked being able to take this course online. I learned a lot about the specifics of this program, and was able to absorb all of the information quickly. ...

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I liked being able to take this course online. I learned a lot about the specifics of this program, and was able to absorb all of the information quickly. The material was thorough, and I feel that I am now equipped to move forward as a GAL with confidence. Between my educational background, my life experience, and this course, I am ready to get started, and look forward to the next training course.

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Introducing the Volunteer Role

javonni hampton

This was informative, a lot of information at once. The videos played a significant role in how impactful you can be in a persons life, not only the child bu...

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This was informative, a lot of information at once. The videos played a significant role in how impactful you can be in a persons life, not only the child but for the family. I am for the child and I know this will also build character for me and not only fight for children in the courtroom but children outside of court. There are still things I need to remember but the purpose was represented well in this chapter.

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"Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities

Rachel Danzig

This section of training was important in reviewing the guardian's role and how to better help the children. I like that this section reviewed how we must ...

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This section of training was important in reviewing the guardian's role and how to better help the children. I like that this section reviewed how we must stay observant, in contact with the child and communication with agency members.

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Good intro

Charles Benson

Good material, great testimonials. Kind of good gut check to make sure this is right for you

Good material, great testimonials. Kind of good gut check to make sure this is right for you

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Excellent Training

April Helvin

I love the setup and ease of the training. Very thorough and left me feeling like I have a good grasp on the program and expectations.

I love the setup and ease of the training. Very thorough and left me feeling like I have a good grasp on the program and expectations.

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Importance of a G.A.L. Volunteer

Mary Manieri

The different modules answered many of my questions I had involving the child or children in different situations. These children may be living at home, in a...

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The different modules answered many of my questions I had involving the child or children in different situations. These children may be living at home, in a foster home, with other members of the family, or close friends of the family. It helped me to understand how hard and confusing it is for these children to be in a strange place for up to twelve months in some cases. I also understand that I am the one that sees the child, and therefore the voice of the child. It is important that I document information free of judgement and bias, as this may be used in court proceedings. Learning about all the team members involved was also important knowledge to have.

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5 star rating

Great intro

Patricia Grimes

I enjoyed this intro lesson. It was organized well and presented clearly. I particularly liked the specific instructions on what to do next to move onward w...

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I enjoyed this intro lesson. It was organized well and presented clearly. I particularly liked the specific instructions on what to do next to move onward with the lesson. No extraneous information was included which might overload me as a newbie. Additionally the different presentation methods helped prevent brain wander.

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volunteer role

cathy lutz

It is very impressive what the organization does. I am excited to be a part of such a group.

It is very impressive what the organization does. I am excited to be a part of such a group.

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