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Upcoming Training Opportunities


Tuesday February 13, 2018
   

5:30-7:00pm (Evening Training)

Understanding PTSD with Dr. Camellia A. Westwell

Brevard Government Center; 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C; Third floor; Atlantic Room
Please RSVP if you can attend to: Adena Wilson, (321) 690-6823 x.52270
Adena.Wilson@brevardfl.gov

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Monday, February 19, 2018

8:30am-noon

Optima Training

Brevard Government Center; 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C; Third floor; Atlantic Room

Please RSVP if you can attend to: Adena Wilson, (321) 690-6823 x.52270
Adena.Wilson@brevardfl.gov

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Friday, February 23, 2018

1-3pm

Child Sexual Abuse & Treatment Services by Family Learning Program 

The Scott Center for Autism Treatment at FIT campus

(Only bottle water permitted)

Visitor Parking Pass and Campus Map available from Adena Wilson

Please RSVP if you can attend to: Adena Wilson, (321) 690-6823 x.52270
Adena.Wilson@brevardfl.gov

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

9am-noon

Psychotropic Medication and our Foster Youth 

Brevard Government Center; 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C; Third floor; Atlantic Room

Please RSVP if you can attend to: Adena Wilson, (321) 690-6823 x.52270; Adena.Wilson@brevardfl.gov

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Tuesday March 6, 2018

2:00-4:00pm

Second Quarterly Meeting with Family Allies

Brevard Government Center; 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C; Second floor; Space Coast Room

Please RSVP if you can attend to: Adena Wilson, (321) 690-6823 x.52270; Adena.Wilson@brevardfl.gov

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

8:30am-4:30pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid 

Brevard Government Center; 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, First floor, Commission Room

(Only bottled water allowed)

Please RSVP if you can attend to: Adena Wilson, (321) 690-6823 x.52270; Adena.Wilson@brevardfl.gov

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Websites and Online Training

Florida’s Center for Child Welfare website has eLearning Videos that are available to Guardian ad Litem Volunteers. Visit: http://centerforchildwelfare.fmhi.usf.edu/VideoTrainingTopic.shtml

The Florida Guardian ad Litem website includes training videos that are available to Guardian ad Litem Volunteers.  To view training resources and also advocacy resources visit: http://guardianadlitem.org/training-advocacy-resources/volunteer-training/

Did you know that Guardian ad Litems could receive training points by watching movies or reading books? 

To view the CASA Movie List, visit:
http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.9168955/k.9B6F/CASAGAL_Film_List.htm

To view the CASA Book List:
http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.7799943/k.9FEB/CASAGAL_Book_List.htm

For more information on Guaridan ad Litem training opportunities contact:

Adena Wilson 
(321) 690-6823 x.52270
Adena.Wilson@brevardfl.gov


Who Can Be a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Child Advocate?

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, and have no record of a felony or judicial finding of guilt for a crime against persons, and no prior history of abuse or neglect of a child or adult. A GAL does not have to be a lawyer, counselor, therapist or parent.

There are four required steps in the process to apply to be a volunteer:

  1. Speak to our to Volunteer Recruiter to learn more:To learn more about the vital role our volunteers play in the lives of abused and neglected children, contact Stafford Slaughter at (321) 690-6823 or email Stafford.Slaughter@brevardfl.gov.
  2. Complete a volunteer application:The application process includes a criminal background screening and requires you to provide references. Here is the link to our online application: https://fl-18th.evintosolutions.com/VolunteerApplication  
  3. Interview:Once your application is complete, you will complete a screening interview with a staff member. Applicants who successfully complete the interview process will then begin our training program.
  4. Complete training:Our training class consists of online work, two class days, two hours of court observation and work with a mentor. Before signing up for a training class, you must complete application, arrange an interview and will be given fingerprint instructions. At the completion of classroom training, you will be paired with a Child Advocacy Manager and with a mentor for field support. Contact Stafford Slaughter at (321) 690-6823 or email Stafford.Slaughter@brevardfl.gov for dates of upcoming training and to begin the process.
2018 Guardian Ad Litem Training Schedule:

Our training class is 30 hours and consists of online work, two class days, 2 hrs of court observation and work with a mentor. Before signing up for a training class, you must complete application, arrange an interview and will be given fingerprint instructions.

Before each class, application and interview must be complete. Class consists of both dates.

Click here for Volunteer Application

Must Attend Both Days

2018 Training Dates:

January 29, 30                                                                                                                  

March 23, 24 

May 8, 9 

July 13, 14                                                                                                                        

September 25, 26                                                                                                             

November 2, 3

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About the Guardian ad Litem Program

Thousands of abused, abandoned and neglected children become the subject of judicial proceedings each year in Florida. Their voices are often unheard and best interests overlooked in the complicated and overburdened adversary process. Guardians ad Litem (GAL) are citizens who volunteer to become part of a court program to represent the best interests of an assigned child. The volunteer Guardian ad Litem is a representative for the child before the court, social service agencies and the community. He/she also protects the child during the family crisis, court proceedings, and follows the child’ progress.

About Friends of Children of Brevard

Friends of Children funds clothing, beds, bikes, computers, diapers, school supplies, luggage, holiday gifts, duffle bags and other items not provided by government agencies. We also provide these children with some basic opportunities and access to normal childhood activities.

 

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