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Guardian ad Litem Program Gains New Volunteers from Northstar Church

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The Guardian ad Litem program swore in a new group of child advocates Thursday morning.

The volunteer network serves as the eyes, ears and support system for youth in foster care and at risk situations across Florida.

The Guardian ad Litem program is a culmination of efforts from federal, state, and local agencies, in addition to non profit and faith based groups, to serve and protect our youth

The Guardians provide a strong voice in court and positive change on behalf of Florida's abused and neglected children.

Thursday, volunteers in the Small Groups ministry of Northstar Church stepped up to serve as new guardians for the 14th judicial circuit.

The honorable Judge Brantley Clark led the group in an official oath and presented each volunteer with an official certificate.

Speaking to the group, Clark said each person has the potential to change the life of a child, adding that these advocates are often the only ones to provide stability in the lives of the children they serve.

Speaking to News 13, Clark spoke of the importance of this program.

"It changes the life of a child. At lot of times to these children, the only person who is special to them is the Guardian ad Litem. The Guardian ad Litem makes sure that they have the pair of jeans that they need when they go to school. They won't stick out and they'll look like everyone else. The Guardian ad Litem makes sure they have Christmas presents, they have birthday presents...that they get the phone calls that they need," said Clark.

To learn how you can become a Guardian Ad Litem, click here: http://guardianadlitem.org/partners_c14.asp