Volunteer to give kids a voice


I read the March 8 Other Views articles Guardian ad Litem’s giving kids a voice in court and Take a walk alongside a kid in foster care and was glad the Herald was providing a platform for this message to be told.

I’ve been a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for four years in the 10th Judicial Circuit and know there are no throwaway kids. I also know there are no easy cases. That’s why it is difficult to find enough volunteers for all the kids who need them.

Most of my peer group doesn’t even know what goes on in dependency court, and it has been a real eye-opener for me. Whatever your frame of reference, you can pretty much throw that out the door with these cases. However, these kids need a voice in court, and that is what the Guardian can do. I would strongly encourage readers to check out the program and give these kids a voice.

Bill Dorman, Lakeland

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