Mission: Speak Up For Kid's goal is to reach 100% advocacy for every abused abandoned or neglected child in Palm Beach County by championing the Guardian as Litem program and volunteers who advocate for the physical educational and emotional best interests of our kids, ultimately, breaking the cycle of abuse violence crime and neglect one child at a time.
Target demographics: Speak Up For Kid's goal is to support the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program to provide ALL abused, abandoned or neglected children in Palm Beach County’s dependency system with a court-appointed volunteer that advocates for their best interests. Ultimately, assuring that they do not get lost in an overburdened legal and social service system while also changing the face of the community by breaking the vicious cycle of abuse, violence, crime and neglect.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Supported the advocacy for 2000+ abused and neglected children in Palm Beach County. That support was through funding positions, funding for children to support well being, activities, clothing, shoes, birthdays, school supplies and more!
Geographic areas served: Palm Beach County
Programs: Speak Up for Kids supports the GAL program. The GAL program provides community advocates and professional staff to create a powerful voice on behalf of children in the dependency system. Guardian ad Litem Volunteers (GALs) are trained, court-appointed advocates for children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. They are provided to investigate a child’s situation, monitor parties involved, report all findings, advocate for the child’s best interest and facilitate needed services to ensure successful development, the right to a safe and permanent home, and create a better future for these children. The GAL takes the opportunity to be a truly dedicated volunteer by meeting with the child’s relatives, school teachers, foster parents, and others involved in that child’s life. But most importantly, the GAL will also meet with the child in order to reassure them that they are there to be a trusted person in their lives and to help them with whatever they may need. We team up with the Guardian ad Litem Program to ensure kids that children in the dependency system have what they need, from resources within the community, to experience as close to a normal life as they can while in the system. This includes providing them with a volunteer, a wide range of services, educational support, and extracurricular activities such as summer camp, retrieving band instruments, sporting equipment, tickets to school activities such as dances and prom, etc.