CLEARWATER – More than 100 volunteers who stand up and speak up for abused and neglected children in Pinellas County were the guests of honor at a special event, sponsored by the Guardian ad Litem Foundation, at Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater Oct. 22.
These volunteers were given the title of “Master Guardian ad Litem.” They represent a select group of highly dedicated guardian ad litem volunteers who, through years of service, have shown an outstanding expertise in child advocacy. They have gone above and far beyond what is needed in their cases to ensure that the best interests of the children that they advocate for have been met.
The guest speaker at the event was Judge Raymond Gross, who spoke about his great respect and admiration for those community members who dedicate themselves tirelessly to ensure that the children who are involved in the dependency system have a voice in court proceedings. Also present were numerous guardian ad litem program staff members, who also commended the volunteers for their effective advocacy and compassion for the plight of vulnerable children in Pinellas County.
For more information about volunteering to be an advocate for an abused or neglected child in the community, visit www.guardianadlitem6.org.