Date 4.13.2018

Guardian ad Litem

Posted By: Coker Law

Coker Law was honored to support Guardian ad Litem as the Presenting Sponsor of its 2018 “There’s No Place Like Home.” The Duval County Courthouse’s Third Floor Atrium will be transformed into an Emerald City, featuring behind-the-scenes guided tours of the courthouse, hors d’oeuvres, a live and silent auction, champagne drawing, host bar and the swinging sounds of The Chris Thomas Band.

What Is A Guardian ad Litem

For more than 30 years, Guardian ad Litem Program has served as the region’s exclusive advocate for children in the court system. Guardian ad Litem is the extension of CASA in Florida.  Volunteer Guardians ad Litem are court-appointed special advocates whose sole job is to serve as the voice of the child — a voice that is separate from the child’s family members, foster care providers, attorneys or social workers.

Guardians ad Litem make a profound impact on the children they serve and the communities those children call home. In addition to providing an estimated tax savings of $2 million on the First Coast alone, children with a Guardian ad Litem are:

  • More likely to be adopted
  • Half as likely to re-enter foster care
  • Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care
  • More likely to have a plan for permanency
  • More like to perform well in school

The event, was held on Friday, April 13, 2018, to support the volunteer recruitment and training for Guardians ad Litem in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties.

Read more about firm partner Aaron Sprague and his family’s story about how a Guardian ad Litem changed their family forever.

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