Guardian ad Litem Program, Fourth Judicial Circuit

Child Welfare
Jacksonville, Florida

The Guardian ad Litem Program is appointed by the Court to advocate on behalf of children who are subject to abuse, abandonment, and/or neglect, and are part of the dependency court system. 
The Guardian ad Litem Program is assigned to dependent children ranging in age 0 to 18, sometimes remaining on the case past 18 if the young adult enters Extended Foster Care and wants our appointment to continue. The team assignment consists of a Program Attorney, Child Advocate Manager, and a Volunteer Child Advocate (when available). The Child Advocate Managers oversee the cases from a case management perspective, ensuring the children are seen, family and caregivers are contacted, appropriate services are implemented for the children, and utilize the Program Attorneys to advocate in the Court setting through legal processes.

Intern job description:
Interns will work closely with the Child Advocate Managers. 
Interns will engage in child visits, contact collateral sources of information, explore available services, engage with team to develop advocacy plans, and observe court. 
Internship is flexible and tasks can be adjusted depending on the needs of the intern and in agreement with the intern advisor from the school.

Special placement information:
Accepting BSW students. Full-time positions only.
Transportation required.
Computer and internet access required.
Agreement to confidentiality policies required.
Video-/Audio-taping not permitted.
COVID-19 vaccination not required.
Agency hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM, Monday-Friday. Evening and weekends may be required.