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N4P: Be A Voice

By Alyssa Zirkman | February 7th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

In the life of every child, there should be at least one adult that stands as his or her hero. Usually, that hero is Mom or Dad. Unfortunately, there are over 3,000 children in Miami-Dade’s Foster Care System who have no heroes in their lives, and whose voices go unheard every day.

Voices For Children’s support enables the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program to recruit, train, and support volunteers to serve as the “voice” for abused, abandoned, and neglected children by advocating for their best interests in dependency court proceedings, the only organization that provides this type of caring and objective voice in court. Guardians Ad Litem make sure children are not lost in an overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate home or shelter. Voices’ financial support also helps fulfill the children’s medical, educational, and social needs.

If you know or suspect a child is being abused, please call 1-800-96-ABUSE

N4P: Voices For Children Foundation by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

Our Kids Part I: Child Welfare System

By Alyssa Zirkman | February 8th, 2014 |

Kadie Black and Issa Hosein explain in broad terms the foster care system and how Our Kids, as the administrative agency, plays into the scheme of things. Among the topics discussed during the show are the misconceptions surrounding foster care/adoption and the children in the system, who are the children in the foster care system and most importantly, how the community can get involved. The Florida Department of Children and Families has awarded Our Kids a Community Based Care (CBC) Lead Agency Status. It is through dedicated and devoted workers that Our Kids is able to oversee and lead a coordinated system of care delivering excellence to abused, abandoned and neglected children and their families in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Our Kids Part I: Child Welfare System by Michelle Marie Mlacker on Mixcloud

Florida Guardian ad Litem Program

By Alyssa Zirkman | November 9th, 2013 |

Jessica Allen, Program Director of the Guardian Ad Litem Program, talks about the great need for more volunteers willing to give a child a voice in court and at home. There is an unfortunate increase in children neglected and abandoned and an equally unfortunate lack of attention and care given to these children. The majority of the program is funded through Voices for Children, a non-profit organization. Guardian ad Litem program works with children in the child-welfare system in order to advocate for their best interests in court and the community. Currently working with over 500 volunteers, there is still a dire need for more in order to represent all the children in care. Children with a Guardian ad Litem are half as likely to languish in care and twice as likely to find a safe, permanent home.


Be A Voice by Wvumnews on Mixcloud