Mission: To raise funds to ensure that every abused, abandoned, and neglected child in miami-dade county has a court appointed guardian ad litem advocate and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their accompanying health, educational, and social needs.
Programs: For the period from july 1, 2016 to june 30, 2017, voices for children foundation provided financial and other support that enabled the eleventh judicial circuit guardian ad litem (gal) program to serve a total of 3,572 miami-dade county dependent children placed under the supervision of the florida department of children and families (dcf) and our kids of miami-dade/monroe, inc. These children were provided with legal advocacy and other types of support from caring, committed adults including a total of 733 gal volunteers who served 1,147 dependent children, 32 child advocacy managers and advocates who served 2,425 dependent children and youth, and 21 gal program attorneys who worked with the combined total of 765 gal volunteers and staff advocates. During this time period, 227 new guardian ad litem volunteers were recruited.
in addition to advocacy in the courtroom, voices for children, through its children's needs program, provided 940 unduplicated children with direct financial services including food, rent, utilities, clothing/shoes, medical expenses, furniture, transportation and more. This also includes financial assistance to 288 children/families for school uniforms, tutoring, summer camps, after school sports, extra curricular activities, senior year activities etc, as well as 117 children with the opportunity to participate in childhood activities including visual arts, music, and/or photography classes/workshops. Voices for children also provided direct financial assistance to children pursuing education beyond high school (11 youth) through its it takes a village project.
As a Guardian ad Litem in Miami-Dade County for the past 17 years, I can truly appreciate all that Voices For Children Foundation has done for the abused, abandoned and neglected children in our community. As a reputable charity for over 25 years, Voices holds wonderful events such as their signature Be A Voice Gala, and their Be A Voice awards luncheon to raise awareness and funds for this valuable and much needed cause.