Pay It Forward in 2014: Join Advanta IRA Services (Largo, FL) and Advanta IRA Administration (Atlanta, GA) in Supporting Local Guardian ad Litem Programs

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In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of court appointed special advocates of children in the welfare system, Advanta IRA Administration in Atlanta, Georgia and Advanta IRA Services of Largo, Florida sponsored a holiday giving program in 2013 that benefited guardian ad litem volunteers in their local areas. This community-giving program was so successful and appreciated that both locations have decided to continue giving throughout 2014.

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I have been a guardian ad litem with the State of Florida GAL program in Florida for a number of years and my responsibilities therein are some of the most rewarding I’ve ever accomplished.

These child advocates volunteer their time to represent children in the child welfare system. Often, their responsibilities require travel and other expenses that come out of the advocates’ pockets. These expenses are not reimbursed. The objective of Advanta IRA’s pay it forward program is to raise funding for these individuals in the form of gas and gift cards.

Advanta IRA Administration is collecting donations of gas cards to provide to Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc.

Advanta IRA Services is collecting both gas and gift cards in support of The State of Florida Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program in Pinellas and Pasco counties in Florida. Advanta IRA Services plans to match gift and gas cards donated by clients, friends and other members of the community.

Advocates volunteer their time by representing the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in juvenile court deprivation cases. “Advanta IRA strongly believes guardian ad litems are unique individuals in giving their time to assist children in distress and want to help them continue helping others by donating gas cards and gift cards to relieve some of the financial burden the advocates incur,” says Jack Callahan, Managing Partner of Advanta IRA Administration and Advanta IRA Services, and guardian ad litem for FL GAL.

  •     Both GA CASA and FL GAL accept gas cards help advocates travel to do their jobs.
  •     FL GAL also accepts gift cards as a way of saying thanks for their service of their guardian ad litems.

These advocates are specifically trained and supervised in evaluating the lives and environments of the children they represent and make appropriate recommendations to the court regarding ensuring children live in safe, healthy homes. Advocates represent children they are appointed to from the beginning of their cases until the end—fighting for the rights of these children within the child welfare system to ensure their future wellbeing. Advocates are able to provide independent recommendations to the courts in the best interests of the children.

Callahan is confident that between staff, community partners, clients and friends—excitement in supporting this program will be contagious and highly affective. “I have been a guardian ad litem with the State of Florida GAL program in Florida for a number of years and my responsibilities therein are some of the most rewarding I’ve ever accomplished,” says Callahan.

To participate: simply purchase a gift and/or gas card of your choice and drop it by or mail it to Advanta IRA’s Largo, FL or Atlanta, GA office before December 1, 2014.

For more information about Advanta IRA’s giving program in Atlanta, please contact Debbie Blanar at (678) 513-8913 ext. 1152.

For information regarding the program in Florida, contact Scott Maurer at (727) 581-9853 ext. 1123.

About Advanta IRA

Advanta IRA Services, located in Largo, Florida, has been in operation for over ten years, providing administrative service to owners of self-directed IRAs throughout the Tampa Bay and Sarasota, Florida regions. Advanta IRA Administration offers a second location serving the Atlanta, Georgia area and surrounding regions. Both offices are managed by Jack Callahan, J.D., CFP™. Advanta IRA offers classes, seminars and other educational tools designed to assist clients in managing self-directed IRAs by investing in real estate, notes, private placements and other non-traditional assets that have the potential to maximize IRA earnings on a tax-free or tax-deferred basis.

About Jack Callahan

Jack M. Callahan, J.D., CFP™, is the managing partner at Advanta IRA Services in Largo, FL and Advanta IRA Administration in Atlanta, GA. Jack established the corporate office, Advanta IRA Services, in 2003. Prior to that, Jack delivered specialized counsel to real estate investors, small business owners and real estate professionals on tax, legal and financial matters. As an industry expert, Jack is a frequent speaker on the topic of self-directed retirement plans and an accredited continuing education instructor for the Florida and Georgia Bar Associations, Florida and Georgia Real Estate Commissions, and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his bachelor of science degree in finance and multinational business from Florida State University and his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law.

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