About Voices for Children

Voices For Children is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) created to help meet the unique and often critical financial needs of the children assigned to the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program. Additionally, we support the recruitment, training, and retention of Guardian ad Litem volunteers.  

Voices for Children is all volunteers; we do not have paid employees and we work from our homes. More than 93% of the funds raised by the organization provides support of our mission statement. 

We receive GAL volunteer requests to provide basic things like sneakers and clothing, as well as funding for more serious specialized medical or dental treatment, psychological evaluations, and counseling for those children placed in the custody of the state of Florida and have a Guardian ad Litem appointed by the court.

Voices for Children has recently been able to help these children achieve some normalcy in their life through the generosity of two separate grants funding everyday things such as scouting, cheerleading, karate classes, prom tickets, year books, summer camp, and many more activities formerly denied to these children due to a lack of funding. 

The Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program, which includes all twenty Circuits and sixty-seven counties, is leading the nation in its number of volunteers. However, the demand for volunteers continues to exceed resources.

Locally, there are more than 2100 children involved with area dependency courts. The 5th Circuit has just over 600 volunteers to attend to those children. More volunteers are needed.

Voices for Children conducts fundraising events in the five counties of Circuit 5: Citrus, Lake, Marion, Hernando and Sumter, and additionally work to secure grants.

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Board of Directors

Co-President
Co-President
Vice-President
Secretary
Member
Member
Member
Member
Member
Liaison
Sue Carpenter
Wanda Vogler
Kathleen Cossey
Peg Donovan
Jeffrey Cohen
Joanne Mrotek
Harlan Newton
Eric Palhof
Don Rausch
Marcia Hilty
Marion
Sumter
Citrus
Hernando
Sumter
Sumter
Marion
Citrus
Citrus

Friends of Voices

Donna Alger
Carolyn Caffee
Linda Johnson
KathyLou Klein
Gae Pensabene
Terri Stewart
Karen Strouse
Pam Monk
John Conroy
Marion
Citrus
Sumter
Citrus
Lake
Citrus
Citrus
Marion
Citrus