Re the March 16, Innocents Lost, section: It’s important to let people know what horrible things have happened to children in the state.
It’s equally, if not more important for ordinary people know what they can personally do to alleviate the problems that arise from a child protective system that is overburdened. The case workers can’t do it alone.
That’s why I’m a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem (GAL). DCF and its agencies are desperate to find volunteers to fill the requests of judges for this additional layer of eyes and ears to look after children in the most vulnerable situations.
Surprisingly, most Floridians do not know that there is a way for them to get involved, in a very direct way, with protecting these children.
I hope the stories of these children will motivate people to make this their personal crusade.
The best way I’ve found to do that is through the GAL program.
Nick Hados, volunteer GAL, Miami-Dade County