In Keeping with the National CASA Standards, a volunteer GAL should be twenty-one years of age or older. Young adults between the ages of 19 and 21 may become a certified volunteer GAL and be allowed to work under the guidance and in partnership with a certified volunteer GAL over the age of 21.
Complete and submit an application and photo identification to the program in your area. Click the E-Mail button at the top of the page to send your application directly to the Program. You can also fill out the application on-line and print (mail to your local program) or save to your computer.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO THE APPLICANT: The GAL Program is required, by law, to conduct a Level 2 background screen. The background screen is done at the end of your training period. This could result in your going through the training and then being excluded because of a disqualifying offense. While that risk is small, (the list of disqualifying offenses is relatively small), we would urge you to consider this before you go through training. You may want to review the list of disqualifying offenses contained in Florida Statutes s. 435.04. You should understand, however, that any guilty finding or “no-contest” pleading to a disqualifying offense gives us no latitude to certify you as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.
Provide two written character references.
Interview with local program director or designee.
Successfully complete 30 hours of training, including
classroom lecture and courtroom observation.
Be a member in good standing with the Florida Bar
Complete and submit application and photo identification
to the program in your area.
Successfully complete 12 hours of court-approved
training every three years.
the application. Click the E-Mail button at the top of the page to send your application directly to the Program. You can also fill out the application on-line and print or save to your computer.