About the Foundation

Our Mission

The mission of the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay is to provide advocacy and support for abused, abandoned or neglected children in the Guardian ad Litem Program of Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

Our Vision

We envision a world where every child has a safe and permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.

About Us

Federal legislation requires that every abused and neglected child removed from their home have their best interests represented by a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in court. These volunteer child advocates are central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation to protect our children. Guardian ad Litem volunteers are the voice of the child in court and the child’s best interest is their only interest. They help them both in and out of the courtroom to make sure the children’s needs are met by the system and they are often the only consistent adult in a child’s life.

Foster children in Pinellas and Pasco counties often need more help than the system can provide. The Guardian ad Litem Foundation was founded to ensure that the basic rights and needs for every child in the Guardian ad Litem program are met. We work to ensure that there is a volunteer advocate for every abused, abandoned, or neglected child in Pinellas and Pasco counties by raising funds and resources for the Guardian ad Litem Program in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. These resources help us to:

  • Recruit, train and retain more Guardians to serve children in need.
  • Increase public awareness that all children who cannot live safely at home need a Guardian who will help guide their safe passage out of foster care.
  • Provide for children’s basic needs, from clothing and personal care items to tutoring, counseling, and extracurricular activities.

Our long-term strategic vision is that every child in the child welfare system in Pinellas and Pasco Counties will have a voice in court by the year 2020.

 

Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and acknowledges that no goods or services will be provided to you in return for any contributions. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION (#CH21240, TAX-ID 59-2961546) AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Copies of financial statements and/or audits can also be obtained by contacting us at through the “Contact Us” page.