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ICare The Guardian Ad Litem Program Of Broward's Newest Micro-Volunteering Opportunity For People With Little Time To Spare

FORT LAUDERDALE , Fla., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Guardian Ad Litem Program of Broward County, is excited to announce iCare, a new micro-volunteer program for caring-but-busy people. "As a State program we rely on volunteer Guardians ad Litem to be the voice of hope for Broward County's most vulnerable children, those who have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned," said Hilary Creary, Director of the Guardian Ad Litem Program of Broward. "With iCare, working professionals, students and busy parents can all volunteer in small increments of time."

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Children benefit greatly from the involvement that a trained volunteer from their community provides. With iCare a volunteer can make a difference in a child's life—even when they are short on time. iCare offers three micro-volunteering options.

1: You can give an hour or two : Become a Courtesy Guardian. Provide hope and reassurance when you meet and mentor a child for about an hour a week during the child's temporary placement.  

2: You can give a few hours a month : Become a Special Advocate. Working alongside a Guardian ad Litem program supervisor, you will have the opportunity to meet with a child at least one time per month.

3: You can give half a day per month : Become a First Responder. Use your talent, skills and compassionate nature to provide reassurance and security as you conduct a one-time interview with a child and the child's caregiver.

At any given time in Broward County there are more than 2,000 children who have been removed from their homes due to allegations of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. Placed in the State Dependency System for their own safety and protection, these children have experienced some of life's toughest lessons – trauma, loss, pain and heartache – at the hand of the one person who was supposed to be there to protect them and keep them safe.

If you are an individual, corporation or part of a community group and would like to volunteer with iCare call 954-831-6224 or send an email to Derek.Peake@GAL.FL.GOV.

The Guardian ad Litem Program of Broward County and its nonprofit affiliate, Voices for Children of Broward County, are working together to provide a voice for every child in Broward County who is in the care of the Department of Children and Families due to abuse, neglect and/or abandonment.

About the Guardian Ad Litem Broward County Program The Guardian ad Litem Program of Broward County is charged with giving a voice to Broward County's most vulnerable children, those who have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned.  A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is appointed when the court is making decisions that will affect a child's future. Acting as an objective adult, the GAL will provide independent information and recommendations about the best interests of the child. To learn more about becoming a GAL visit www.galbroward.org or call (954) 831-6214.

ABOUT VOICES FOR CHILDREN OF BROWARD COUNTY Founded in 2011, Voices for Children of Broward County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support the Guardian Ad Litem program of Broward County, Florida. The Voices for Children organization is committed in its work to provide an advocate for 100% of the abused, abandoned and/or neglected children in Broward County is committed to see that, within our county, each and every abused, abandoned or neglected child is assigned a Guardian ad Litem.. To learn more or to make a donation, visit www.voicesbroward.org or call (954) 915-6949.

CONTACT: Laurie Menekou, (954) 271-4666 (or) lmenekou@conceptual-communications.com

SOURCE Guardian Ad Litem Program of Broward County

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