We advocate for and support children, young adults, and families
impacted by abuse and neglect in Pinellas and Pasco Counties by collaborating
with community partners and the Guardian ad Litem staff and volunteers who support the children we serve.

We envision a community where every child and young adult is safe, secure and thriving. We believe every child deserves to have a permanent family and be well prepared for their future beyond foster care.
August 2019
From the Executive Director
Dear Supporters,
It is hard to believe the start of school is just around the corner. I am inspired every day by all that our Volunteer Child Advocates do for our youth and I know that together we are changing children's stories.
I wanted to share with you the story of Tyrone that one of our volunteers helped make possible with your financial support.

Tyrone was in medical foster care because his biological parents did not take proper care of his medical needs. He was hospitalized in intensive care twice in the last 12 months. He is extremely shy and has a lot of social anxiety. Upon being placed in foster care, he moved from one school to another and had an extremely difficult time transitioning and making new friends. In fact, he ate lunch with his math teacher for two months before he was brave enough to enter the cafeteria. Through his mentoring relationship with his math teacher and the few friends he made, he's made great strides! At t he end of the year, Tyrone announced that he would really like to go to his eighth-grade dance but didn’t have any appropriate clothes to attend. His VCA requested support from the Foundation the day before the dance and Tyrone attended his first school dance looking very handsome! Tyrone is no longer in need of a medical foster care and when the school year ended, he moved in to his math teacher’s house!

We are here to support our Volunteer Child Advocates when needs like this arise. Please never hesitate to reach out to make more opportunities like this possible.

In gratitude,
Amy
UPCOMING EVENTS
Tampa Bay Rays Games
Mon, Aug.19, 7:10 PM
Tues Sept. 24, 7:10 PM
1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg
Join us at a Tampa Bay Rays game to cheer on our local team and enjoy a fun outing at the ballpark.
These tickets were donated for Volunteer Child Advocate children, adults unaccompanied by a child will not be allowed entry.
This event is  free  of charge but space is limited and available on a first come-first served basis. Call or email Melin at 727-464-6528 or  melin.faza@gal.fl.gov for more information and to reserve your tickets. 
Brown Bag Lunch: Advocating for Teens
Fri, Aug. 30, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
SPC EpiCenter
13085 58th St. N, Clearwater
Come join veteran teen advocate, Tanya Hawkins, to discuss your concerns, questions, challenges and opportunities of advocating for teens. Snacks and drinks provided. Register here.
Creative Art Group
Sat, Sept. 7, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
SPC EpiCenter
13085 58th St. N, Clearwater
This Art Group for teens focuses on creative expression to increase self-esteem, coping skills, and communication. This event is free. Register your teen here .
Financial Literacy
Wed, Sept. 18, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
SPC EpiCenter
13085 58th St. N, Clearwater
Join us for Financial Literacy offered by Fifth Third Bank. Topics to be covered include: budgeting, saving, and credit. Pizza will be provided. Please RSVP here.
The Mad Hatter Tea Party
Sun, Sept. 29, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
St. Petersburg Coliseum
535 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg
Kiwanis Sunshine City hosts the annual Mad Hatter's Tea Party to provide an afternoon of fun activities. Please only register if you are sure you can attend. This is a first come, first served event and registration is required by September 17th. Register here.
Donuts & Discussion
Friday, October 18, 10-11:00 AM
Dade City Office 13920 17th St.

Brown Bag Lunch
Friday, October 18, 12 -1 PM
BOCC 8731 Citizens Drive NPR
Join us for a discussion with Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay regarding the Children's Needs Request Process and other Programs and Services we offer. We will have donuts and coffee at the Dade City event and drinks and snacks in New Port Richey!
Register for Dade City here.
Register for New Port Richey here.
RESOURCES
Back Packs For Late Shelter Children
We have a extra back pack packs and school supplies thanks to generous donations. Back Packs can be picked up first come, first served at our NPR Office 8324 Corporate Way and our new SPC EpiCenter Office at 13805 58th St. N in Clearwater.
2019 Fall Contest!
Does your 10-17 yr old have amazing ideas on how we can improve the foster care system? Are they creative and not afraid to express themselves? If so, we want to hear from them!
This year's contest, sponsored by VCA, Norm Bungard, is "How would you make a difference in the foster care system?" Youth can submit any form of expression they would like to convey their message; from poetry, art work, photo or even video.
Deadline: 9/16/19
Send to: AmandaR@galf6.org.
Caterpillars to Butterflies
13937 7th St, Suite 3, Dade City
Join Caterpillars to Butterflies for an open house on August 7th from 4PM - 7PM. Please RSVP to Tracy at Tracy@caterflies.org or 813-720-7558 as there will be appetizers and beverages. Caterpillars to Butterflies focus on providing resources that help children flourish. They aim to help children accomplish goals, explore passions and participate in activities that boost their enjoyment of life.
Child Traumatic Stress
Are you interested in topics related to the care and access of services towards children and teens? The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has helpful information for you! Some latest articles include "For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence" and "Child Trauma and Opioid Use: Policy Implications."
FREE YMCA Membership
Children in foster care are eligible for free membership at YMCA of the Suncoast locations. Learn more.
Tampa Bay Area Foster Closets
There are a lot of resources available for children in care! Here is an awesome list of various "Foster Closets" around the Tampa Bay area: learn more.
OUR IMPACT
In the first half of 2019, we have answered 371 requests! That is an 68 % increase in requests over the first half of 2018 and a 41% increase in dollars spent!
  • 181 Basic/Medical Requests
  • 106 Normalcy Requests
  • 584 Educational Requests
OPPORTUNITIES
TO SERVE
It's That Time of Year Again!!
We are looking for a volunteers to help with our annual SuperHero 5K on October 13th. We need more than 100 volunteers to make this event a success. Register to help at www.TheSuperHero5K.com.
It's Never Too Early!
We are beginning our annual holiday gift drive. If you know of an organization, a company, a faith community, a neighborhood association, etc. who would like to get involved we would love to speak to you! Reach out to us at iamforthechild@galf6.org.
SuperHero 5K
Saturday, October 12 8:30 AM
Safety Harbor, FL
Registration is open!!! And this year we are offering up a .5K (yes, you read correct a .5K --that's 500 meters) too. You can register here. Volunteer Child Advocates use code VCA to get 50% off your registration and use code VCAK for 100% off registration for the child/ren for whom you advocate. If you are interested in sponsoring the SuperHero 5K, you can find out more information about sponsorship levels here.
Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay is excited to be the beneficiary
for the St. Pete Glitter Queens 8th Annual Royal Ball: Friday Night Fever!
This must-not-miss event is on Friday, September 20th from
7:00PM - 11:00PM at the St. Petersburg Marriot Clearwater.
Tickets are $75 and there are sponsorship opportunities available as well.
CHAMPIONS FOR OUR CHILDREN
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14250 49th St, Suite 4000 Clearwater, FL 33712