In this 4-week series, you will learn how and why child abuse laws were first established in this country, the History of Guardian ad Litem and the mission of advocating for a child's best interest. Sessions will include information on what to expect from team members and other program staff. You will learn to differentiate between the role of a court advocate and a community advocate. The series will also cover communication skills that will help in interviewing and observing children including confidentiality and privacy issues as they relate to building trust. By the end of this series, you will be certified as a GAL volunteer Child Advocate. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Thomas directly at 850-203-6244, firstname.lastname@example.org.