Giving foster children a voice
What does Speak Up for Kids do?
Speak Up for Kid’s goal i s to support the Guardian ad Litem program to provide all abused, abandoned or neglec ted children in Palm Beach Count y ’s dependenc y system with a court-appointed volunteer that advocates for their best interests. This helps ensure that children do not get lost in an overburdened legal and social service system.
How does your agency benefit the community?
Our agenc y benefits the community as it provides local organizations the opportunity to be part of a positive change in a child’s life. We assist children during the most crucial developmental years of their lives, which drives them t o b e c o me contributing members to the community by b re a king the negative cycles and creating ones that are more positive. Our agency also benefits the community as we provide members with the opportunity to volunteer and be a voice for these vulnerable children. Research has proven that our program has continuous positive effects such as finding safe and permanent homes, allowing participation in extrac urr i c ul ar ac t ivi t i e s and improved academics and behavior for these children.
What is your agency’s focus for the future?
To r e a c h 1 0 0 p e r c e n t advocacy for all abused and neglected children in the Palm Beach County Dependency System.
How can the community help?
Community members can help by selflessly devoting their time, patience and tenderness to these vulnerable children. Become a Guardian ad Litem volunteer at galpbc.org; help provide resources by making a monetary donation at bit. ly/champion4SUFK; donate gift cards of any denomination; or volunteer time to help with fundraising, outreach, PR or general office help.