Success Stories

Raymond James Financial Supports “Write Start” Program

August 11, 2015

The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay promotes improved educational outcomes for foster youth through the Write Start Program which includes a variety of activities: financial support for tutoring and other educational enrichment opportunities, training to support Guardian ad Litem volunteers to become educational advocates to ensure more students receive individualized education plans that identify supports and services children need to succeed, and... Read More

One Voice, One Child: Trinity and Destiny

June 1, 2015

This month’s story features two children supported by a husband and wife GAL team that ensured normalcy for the children in care as well as a successful reunification with their mother. Normalcy activities are so important because they help build self-esteem, encourage their emotional and developmental growth, and helps develop friendships as well as define the child. Trinity (7) and Destiny (6) were removed from their home due to challenges faced by their single mother, and her ability to safely care for her daughters. Trinity and Destiny’s GAL team were proactive from the start! Read More

Learning to Ride (and Learning to Let Go!)

May 19, 2015

Guardian ad Litem, Dawn Freijo, recently had the joy of participating in a right of passage for two children she advocates for-helping them learn how to ride a bike. Thanks to a generous donation from Outback Steakhouse and the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, two children not only received bikes but received a little piece of normalcy while learning a skill they... Read More

 

One Voice, One Child: Christian

May 14, 2015

Christian, age 14, came into care when he was 12, due to substance abuse challenges his mother had. He was placed with his grandparents. It was unclearwhere Christian should live long term. The Guardian ad Litem listened to Christian and ensured he was in court to express his wishes to the Judge.    Living with his dad was an option, and although Christian wanted a relationship with his father, he was always adamant that remaining with his grandparents was best for him. Read More

Duke Energy Foundation Supports Safe & Sound Program

May 19, 2015

The Duke Energy Foundation is working with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay to help meet the basic needs of abused and neglected children in the child welfare system in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Children who have been removed from their parents have typically experienced severe trauma and then have to cope with major disruptions (including multiple placements and school transfers)... Read More

Eagle Lake Classic Supports the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation

Eagle Lake Classic Supports the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation

March 27, 2015

Temple B’nai Israel once again hosted the Annual Eagle Lake Classic on March 8th and fun and fellowship was had by all. This race benefits the children in the Guardian ad Litem program of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and provides a chance for Temple B’nai Israel members and the community to come together to exercise and experience nature. Special thanks to the dedicated Eagle Lake... Read More

The Difference Between Surviving and Thriving

March 23, 2015

Story and picture shared with permission of the child. National child welfare policy is focused on three key goals: child safety, permanency, and well-being. As recently reported in the Huffington Post by National CASA CEO, Michael Piraino, “Unfortunately…many aspects of child well-being just are not part of the federally mandated child welfare outcomes reports.” This article goes on to point out... Read More

   

Local Student Helps Make Holidays Bright for Late Sheltered Children

February 1, 2015

The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay provides for the needs of children in the Guardian ad Litem Program in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. The holidays should be a special time for every child, and each year the Guardian ad Litem Foundation, along with generous corporate partners... Read More

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One Voice, One Child: Elsie

January 28, 2017

A child with significant medical needs came into care at 8 years old. She was just barely walking and had a feeding tube. Her mother was deceased and her father was not able to care for her due to his own significant mental health history so she was placed in a medical foster home. A GAL volunteer was appointed to Elsie in 2010 and he followed this little girl’s journey closely. He wanted her to have a forever home. He contacted her case manager to see what was being done to find Elsie a forever home.  Learn more about Elsie's journey here