VIDEO: Brevard’s Guardian Ad Litem Program Hosts Annual Priscilly Fun Day For Children

By  //  June 25, 2017

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More than 80 children enjoyed Disney Cars 3 movie

ABOVE VIDEO: A Guardian Ad Litem does not have to be a lawyer, counselor, therapist, or parent, since he/she does not perform these roles for the child. The volunteer Guardian Ad Litem is a representative for the child before the court, social service agencies and the community.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The annual Priscilly Fun Day for children in Brevard’s Guardian Ad Litem program took place Friday at the AMC Avenue 16 Viera movie theaters.

More than 80 children who are in the Brevard Guardian Ad Litem program enjoyed the new Disney Cars 3 movie, sponsored by the family of Priscilla Penley Frazee. Each child also received a Kids Combo pack including a drink, popcorn and fruit snack.

Before the movie, Chief Judge John Galluzzo presented a special award to Ann Coburn and Lynne Hooper.

Thousands of abused and neglected children become the subject of judicial proceedings each year in Florida.

Their voices are often unheard, and best interests overlooked in the court process. Guardians Ad Litem are citizens who volunteer to become part of a court program to represent the best interests of an assigned child.

A Guardian Ad Litem does not have to be a lawyer, counselor, therapist, or parent, since he/she does not perform these roles for the child. The volunteer Guardian Ad Litem is a representative for the child before the court, social service agencies and the community.

ABOVE VIDEO: A Guardian Ad Litem does not have to be a lawyer, counselor, therapist, or parent, since he/she does not perform these roles for the child. The volunteer Guardian Ad Litem is a representative for the child before the court, social service agencies and the community.

Brevard County Guardian Ad Litem represents the best interests of the child in a variety of ways:

• Independently conducts a thorough investigation on behalf of the child. He/she interviews many people: the child, counselors, pediatricians, psychiatrists and psychologists, mental health professionals, people from the neighborhood, schools, churches and law enforcement, and friends.

• Examines and collects records from many sources concerning the child. The Guardian Ad Litem then takes this information to the experts in the community for recommendations on what is best for the child.

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• Serves as a monitor of the agencies and persons who provide services to the child. He/she assures that orders of the Court are carried out, and that families and children in need receive the help that they should.

• Assures that the child’s wishes are heard, and that the best interest of the child is presented to the Court and agencies dealing with the child. He/she writes reports and speaks in court, for the best interest of the child.

• Through a 30 hour training class, provide volunteers with a mentor and our staff members and lawyers advise and counsel during each case. In addition, each program has a network of community resources and experts who are available to assist each Guardian Ad Litem.

A Guardian Ad Litem does not have to be a lawyer, counselor, therapist, or parent, since he/she does not perform these roles for the child. The volunteer Guardian Ad Litem is a representative for the child before the court, social service agencies and the community.

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