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Volunteer Training

There are more training materials and resources on the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program website at

Advocating for Services for Students with Disabilities

Designation Training PPT

Designation Training One Pager

Guardian ad Litem Training 2016

Welcome and Legislative Update

Youth Panel

Transitioning Out of Foster Care

Department of Children and Families Methodology

Ins and Outs of Being a Foster Parent

Mock Trial

Sunshine Health Overview

Department of Children and Families Hotline

Substance Abuse

Judge’s Perspective

Psychotropic Medications

Psychotropic Medications and our Foster Youth, Christine Meyer, Supervising Attorney, Guardian ad Litem Program.   “You can’t patch a wounded soul with a Band-Aid.” As advocates for children, the Guardian ad Litem Program is not looking for a temporary fix for a child’s emotional needs. Foster Care children are prescribed psychotropic medications at rates significantly higher than their same-aged peers. This training will provide attendees with an understanding and workable knowledge of the laws and policies that exist to protect and monitor the children and youth who are taking these powerful medications.
June 2015

GAL Volunteer Testimony Workshop Part I and II.  Hillary Kambour, Esq., the GAL Program’s former Director of Training explains everything a GAL Volunteer needs to know about the courtroom process.  Hillary explains courtroom rules, practice and procedure in the two part training below.

GAL Volunteer Testimony Practice Aid

GAL Testimony Workshop Part I

GAL Testimony Workshop Part II

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Compassion Fatigue 
Thomas Gillan, CFS, CSTS, CLC | Founder & Director, PSU Crisis Management and Training Group, Inc.

Interview with Guardian ad litem member Alan Abramowitz

Guardian ad Litem Keys to Independence Training

Alan Abramowitz | Executive Director, Guardian ad Litem Program



Alan Abramowitz talks about Value of Permanency


The Value of Permanency

Alan Abramowitz | Executive Director, Guardian ad Litem Program
Jennifer Benham, MSW | Consultant, Casey Family Programs

 Lawanda Ravoira talking about sex trafficking


 Sharing Our Narrative: Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Lawanda Ravoira | President and CEO, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center



Christina Spudeas about YouthSHINE 

Guardian ad Litem YouthSHINE panel

Christina Spudeas | Executive Director, Florida’s Children First
Jessica Overstreet | Florida YouthSHINE
Dan, Colbernesha, Danielle, and Christian | Florida YouthSHINE