Mission

Voices for Children of Broward County (Voices)works to ensure that every child victim of abuse, neglect, and abandonment in Broward County has a court-appointed volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and that services are available for each child’s accompanying health, educational, and social needs. To accomplish this mission, Voices collaborates with the 17th Judicial Circuit Dependency Court Division and the Guardian ad Litem Program to serve 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.

While there are other programs offering a broad array of services to assist children in foster care, Voices focuses exclusively on providing programs solely for child victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment by working to make the foster care experience better for all children. Through our core programs, we provide advocacy, case management, age-appropriate referrals, and wrap-around services to foster an abuse-free future.

History

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, Voices has served more than 10,000 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.

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Voices for Children of Broward County does not discriminate by reason of race, sex, color, age, national origin, religion, marital status, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military reserve status, immigration status, or language spoken. All room assignments, activities, programs, etc. are provided in a nondiscriminatory manner.