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Guardian Ad Litem Placement May Shift for Reasons of Funding and Conflict of Interest, Report No. 02-10, February 2002
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  • Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program provides courtroom representation and advocacy for abused, neglected or abandoned children using a combination of lay volunteers, paid staff, and attorneys.
  • Housed in the judicial branch since its inception, various placement options are under consideration during the 2002 session; each has advantages and disadvantages.
  • The program has not systematically identified or disseminated best practices but a newly formed state association should improve these opportunities.
  • There are limited federal funds available for guardian programs and Florida has made a good effort to secure these limited resources.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Supreme Court
Circuit Courts

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 04-55 Progress Report: Children’s Advocacy Centers Authorized to Receive State Funds, But Need Additional Accountability, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 02-44 Special Review: Children’s Advocacy Centers Appear Beneficial But Have Limited Accountability, published in August 2002.
  • Report No. 01-54 Information Brief: Many Article V Trial Courts Funding Issues Still Need to Be Resolved, published in November 2001.

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