Voices For Children Foundation's mission is 'to raise funds to ensure that every abused and neglected child in Miami-Dade County has a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their health, educational, and social needs.' The mission of the 11th Judicial Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program is 'to advocate for the best interests of children who are abused, neglected or abandoned and are involved in court proceedings.'
“Why Voices?” is the second of five films for Voices For Children’s “Be A Voice” campaign to raise awareness about children in foster care. This film tells the story of who we are, what we do and why the work of Voices For Children is so important.
"My Name is Hope" is the story of a 9-year-old girl who finds herself in the heartbreaking situation of living in the foster care system. The story is seen through the eyes of the child and highlights the many complexities faced by these children.
In Voices For Children Foundation, we believe every child deserves a chance to thrive, regardless of circumstance. As the fundraising organization of Miami-Dade County’s Guardian ad Litem Program, we work tirelessly to raise funds to protect the abused, neglected, and abandoned children in our community.
Foster children, at no fault of their own, live difficult and often dangerous lives. They also face long and complicated court proceedings and they deserve to be heard. Volunteer Guardians ad Litem represent these children through all legal proceedings. By advocating for a child’s best interest, Guardians ad Litem give our most fragile members of the community a voice.
Children's Needs Program
The Children's Needs Program supplements the woefully insufficient State funding and Federal entitlements to the children we serve with direct financial assistance. Voices provides funds to address Basic Essential Needs, such as food, clothing, rent/utility assistance, furniture, transportation, etc.; Educational Needs such as school uniforms, tutoring, school supplies, after school care, etc.; and Social and Enrichment Needs such as extracurricular activities, camp, senior year activities, and more.
11 Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program
In Miami-Dade County, there are over 3,000 children who find themselves in the foster care system, with overwhelming feelings of loss for family, rights, and hope. But with 500 community volunteers who, with the help of professional staff, provide a powerful voice and much needed oversight, it doesn't have to be that way.
A child with a GAL volunteer: spends less time in foster care and is more likely to be adopted; is more likely to have a consistent, responsible adult presence in their life, and; is less likely have poor conduct in school or get expelled and more likely to pass all courses.
It Takes A Village
Generously funded by The Zyman Foundation, this project provides motivated but disadvantaged dependent or formerly dependent youth and young adults with the funding and other support needed to successfully attend and graduate from college in order to become healthy and productive adults and contributing community members.