CHANGE A CHILD'S LIFE — CHANGE THE WORLD

How do I Become a Volunteer?

To become a Guardian ad Litem volunteer, all applicants must:

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  • Complete an online application form that includes three non family references with their names, phone numbers and PERSONAL emails.
  • Submit to a criminal background check.
  • Participate in a screening interview prior to being invited to training.
  • Successfully complete thirty hours of training that will prepare volunteers for their Guardian duties. Go to the Training drop down on this Website for specific information on required training.

Application Process and Getting Started

All information inquiries and requests for applications should be made to the recruiter, Lynn Deen (352-548-3823, lynn.deen@gal.fl.gov) regardless of the county where the applicant wishes to attend training and volunteer.

If the potential applicant wants to move forward to volunteer, they will give Lynn their name, email and phone number. She will send an application that is generated through our tracking system and that can be filled in online and returned. All information inquiries and requests for applications should be made to the recruiter, Lynn Deen (352-548-3823, lynn.deen@gal.fl.gov) regardless of the county where the applicant wishes to attend training and volunteer. Applicants will receive an email with the subject: Volunteer Inquiry.

The application is a simple one and should not take more than about 20 minutes to complete. The application should be completed all at one time. If the applicant does not complete the online form at one time, and returns to enter information later, the original data will be lost. Also, valid emails for the three required references and the emails should be personal emails. Emails that go to work email addresses are stopped by business firewalls.

Once Lynn receives the application in her system, she will contact the applicant to set up an interview. She will use the email information that they have supplied for their references, and send out a request to the references automatically. The applicant’s references will receive an email with the subject: Volunteer Reference Survey.

Interviews take about 1.5 hours. We conduct the interview, applicants will sign required documentation, be given the first part of the training (Phase 1 – Independent Study), and be scheduled for fingerprinting. Our office pays for the fingerprinting and applicants must be fingerprinted through our system even if they have been fingerprinted by other organizations. Please go to the Training drop down for more information.