GAL RAP Sessions

Find a local GAL group!  It is a great way to meet volunteers in your area.  If you have never attended a volunteer led rap session give it a try! Guardians are enjoying meeting up and getting to know other volunteers and sharing experiences. You are welcome to join any session in any of the areas listed below.  Just e-mail the contact person listed and they will be happy to include you on future e-mails for monthly Rap Sessions. It is fun and informal and does count as in service hours!



Ann Coburn

GAL Team Leader


Ann holds rap sessions for the Cocoa/Merritt Island/Cocoa Beach/Titusville area. Ann’s meetings are held in the rec room of the Whitley Bay Condos in Cocoa Village (93 Delannoy Ave Cocoa, FL 32922). The meetings are usually held from noon-2pm but the day of the month varies. This is a brown bag event so feel free to bring your lunch. Some of the GAL volunteers bring their lunch, others just bring themselves - it is all very informal. If you would like to join her group, email Ann at:              



Sandy Coe

GAL Team Leader


Sandy holds rap sessions for the south Melbourne/Palm Bay area. If you would like to join Sandy’s group, e-mail her at:



Krista Glass

GAL Team Leader


Krista holds a rap session the Central Beachside area. Krista will be holding her Rap Sessions on the third Saturday from 9-11am at Meemaw’s, 600 E. Eau Gallie Blvd., Indian Harbour Beach. If you would like to join her group, e-mail her at:



Carol Jewell

Program Director


Carol holds Open Forum Friday on the third Friday of every month at noon.  This meeting is open to all Guardians and does count as in service hours. The meeting is held in the government center, Atlantic Room, Building C 3rd floor (across from the courthouse).  2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, 32940. This is a great chance to get together with other volunteers to discuss any issues that concern you.  It is also a great way to meet volunteers who are assigned to other Child Advocacy Managers.  You may see someone you went to class with and can reconnect.  It is very informal and informative. This is a brown bag event so feel free to bring your lunch.  There is no need to RSVP you can just show up.


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.