Thursday , February 2 2023


Website State of Florida

Job Description:

The Guardian ad Litem Program is Florida’s award winning, state-funded, child advocacy organization. With more than 10,000 volunteers and 900 employees, its primary focus is powerful and effective “best interests” advocacy for Florida’s abused, neglected and abandoned children.  Most of these children are abruptly removed from their homes and sadly end up in out of home care. The Program’s mission – “FOR CHILDREN” – is achieved through operating an innovative partnership of local community volunteer advocates and professional staff.  Utilizing a unique “child advocacy team” approach, the Program strives to ensure that all dependent children receive quality legal representation, a safe place to live and increased focus on their physical, educational and emotional needs.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Gathering and documenting pertinent case information
  • Visiting or consulting with assigned caseload children, caregivers, schools or service providers
  • Providing best interests advocacy recommendations to the advocacy team or to the court
  • Utilizing the organization’s database and reporting systems
  • Preparing written reports to the court
  • Consulting with assistant child advocate managers and members of the child advocacy team
  • Attending internal and external case-related court hearings, depositions, case plan conferences, dependency mediations, staffings and meetings
  • Participating in internal and external training, meetings and conferences
  • Overseeing the work of GAL child advocate volunteers

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to coach, instruct and motivate volunteers
  • Able to maintain a professional and effective demeanor in emotional or traumatic situations
  • Knowledge of Florida Statutes relating to child welfare and protection
  • Strong desire to learn and pursue personal development
  • Excellent oral, written and computer literacy skills
  • Strong organizational/time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of the Florida State Courts System
  • Ability to effectively interact with and/or influence people of diverse backgrounds
    Self-motivated and achievement oriented
  • Knowledge of case management, social support services and concepts of child development
  • Ability to exercise discretion, respect privacy and maintain confidentiality
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health
  • Ability to take direction and work as part of a team

Qualification & Experience:

  • Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in sociology, social work, psychology, child development, education, juvenile justice, communications, or a related social science

Job Details:

Company: State of Florida

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Sarasota, FL, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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