Guardian ad Litem

Basic Information

Address: 34 NW 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34475
Phone Number: 352-343-2736
Fax Number: 352-742-3826

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Additional Information

Causes Served: abused, abandoned and Neglected Children
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: Children under 18
Ages for Volunteer: 21 or older
Hours of Service: 10-15 hours a month
Minimum Hours Required: 10-15 hours a month
Mission Statement:

The mission of the 5th Circuit Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy in Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Citrus, and Marion counties. Our volunteers work to ensure that every abused and neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

I am for the Child

Program History:

In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of more than 951 CASA and Guardian ad Litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia.


Pre-Service Training on September 28th and 29th in Ocala, Florida