Local Businesses Partner for I-95 Billboard to Attract New Child Advocate to Guardian ad Litem Program

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Recent rise in child deaths inspires collaborative counteraction toward winning more advocates for children on behalf of CBS Outdoor, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene law firm and Speak Up For Kids of Palm Beach County, inc.

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“Recruiting and training additional volunteers is the first, most crucial step toward meeting the need. It is their time that money cannot buy..." –Kristen Solomon, Guardian ad Litem Circuit Director

Against darkness light shines brightest. This could not be more true of the brand new digital billboard, in rotation as of today on CBS Outdoor’s 6th Ave I-95 billboard, facing North, visible to south-bound traffic. In contrast to the devastating rise in child deaths recently in our state, as reported by Miami NBC 6’s story, July 31, 2013, the digital billboard stands as a noble and overt response – thanks to the collaborative efforts and resources of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene law firm, CBS Outdoor and Speak Up for Kids of Palm Beach County, the exclusive 501c3 to the Guardian ad Litem Program of the 15th Judicial Circuit.

The haunting imagery and bold call to action hopes to inspire new child advocacy volunteers for the Guardian ad Litem Program. At present, the GAL Program is short the volunteer base and resources to advocate for approximately 638 dependent children in Palm Beach County – these children are in the dependency court system presently with no one to objectively investigate, advocate and seek out best options for their physical, educational and emotional well being. “Recruiting and training additional volunteers is the first, most crucial step toward meeting the need,” states Kristen Solomon, Guardian ad Litem Circuit Director. “It is their time that money cannot buy – it is their willingness to serve for the sake of children’s safety that propels the Guardian ad Litem Program toward our goal of 100% child representation by a GAL volunteer advocate.”

In order become a Guardian ad Litem and actively advocate through the dependency court toward the best interests of children, community volunteers go through a 4-day orientation and training and in-depth background check. GAL volunteers are then sworn in to be a court-appointed special advocate for children who have been removed from their homes due to alleged abuse, abandonment or neglect. If interested in becoming a Guardian ad Litem volunteer or to learn more, call 561-355-6224.

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