Become an advocate for an abused or neglected child.
No one should simply shake their head and sadly lament the
horrific story of child abuse. Instead of passive despair, let these tragic
incidents serve as a galvanizing call to action for us all to commit to ending
abuse and securing the safety and future of every child in Citrus County.
Yes, we can end child abuse. We can end it when we all
become advocates for children.
For some of us, that advocacy comes in a formal role.
Teachers, childcare workers, health care providers and others who come into
daily contact with children can be vigilant for signs of abuse and neglect.
Their actions to report suspected abuse or to offer extra time and attention to
fragile children can do more than make a difference. It can save lives.
Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers also put their passion
for the well-being of children into action. Assigned to advocate for abused and
neglected children, GAL volunteers make sure kids do not get lost in the
overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in foster homes.
Volunteers advocate for the children until their court case is closed and the
child is placed in a safe, permanent home.
For many abused children, their GAL volunteer is the one
constant adult presence in their lives.
Intense advocacy can break the cycle of abuse and neglect.
When children grow up in homes where their only adult role models respond to
them with violence and disregard for their needs, they repeat that cycle with
their own children. When a GAL volunteer intercedes, it not only changes the
course of one child’s life, it makes an impact for generations.
Your advocacy for children not only will help end child abuse,
it will improve our community for everyone who lives here. Children who are
abused and do not get the support they need to heal are more likely than other
kids to drop out of school, end up homeless, turn to crime, and rely as adults
on social welfare programs. When we work together to protect vulnerable
children, it saves lives and tax dollars.
There are many life-threatening and incurable diseases that
sadly afflict children. However, we have the cure to child abuse. It lies
within each of us. Now is the time to act.
If you are interested in making this cause, your cause,
become a Guardian ad Litem volunteer. Contact Diana Gisonni at
352-812-6971 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit our website – www.guardianadlitem.org A
free two day training is scheduled to begin September 20, 2019 in Ocala,
Florida. Pre-registration is required as spaces are limited.