Voices for Children of Broward County (“Voices”) is part of a unique collaboration with the 17th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program with the mission to ensure that every abused, neglected, and abandoned child in Broward County has a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and that financial resources are available for each child’s accompanying health, educational, and social needs. To accomplish this mission, Voices works with children who have an open and active dependency court case to meet each of their essential needs during this transitional period and to give them a voice throughout the entire court proceedings by working with the appointed volunteer Guardian ad Litem. Our programs provide these children with someone who makes them feel normal, safe, and cared about and removes barriers so these children can have a happy normal childhood.
A group of community leaders convened in 2011 to face the gap in state funding for children in the child welfare system and to provide a voice to our community’s most vulnerable children. Voices was formed and became the first, and it remains the only, non-profit providing gap funding and programs solely for this population of children. Since our inception four years ago, Voices has served more than 3,000 young people who have faced the deep wounds from a crisis of parenting. In helping them to secure the basic life needs, essential education, and social experiences they equally deserve, we are ensuring that each young person in the care of the State, in Broward County discovers his or her own resilience and strength. Voices is committed to leveling the playing field so that every child in the child welfare system has his or her basic life needs, essential education, and social experiences every child deserves, a Guardian ad Litem volunteer to help guide his or her safe passage through the child welfare system, opportunities in which to prosper, and a successful journey into a healthy, stable, thriving life as an adult.