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31 Aug 2015

Guardian ad Litem Foundation Announces New Director

FORT MYERS, FL (August 25, 2015)--The Guardian ad Litem Foundation: 20th Judicial Circuit, a non-profit agency advocating for locally abused and neglected children, has announced the selection of Roxanne Wendling as its new Foundation Administrator. 

Hailing from Western New York state, Wendling has worked in public relations and teaching roles with Chautauqua Institution, the Chautauqua County Humane Society, Jamestown Community College and most recently as the Executive Director of the Western Kentucky American Red Cross. Wendling is highly skilled and prepared to bring effective growth and expansion to the GAL-20 Foundation.

As Director, Roxanne will work closely with the Foundation’s board of directors to expand the presence of GAL through an increase in fundraising strategy and outreach, building community relationships and expanding the promotion of the Foundation’s mission and goals.

“I would like to grow and ensure a sustainable financial base for the Guardian ad Litem Foundation in its efforts to provide GAL advocates for the vulnerable children in our region.” says Wendling.

“These children desperately need a ‘voice’ and our Guardian ad Litem advocates are a very important party to each case. The child's interest is their ONLY interest. The need, unfortunately, continuously grows. I hope to help build the endowment needed to ensure we have the appropriate capacity to recruit and train the volunteer advocates and to provide necessary items for the children not funded through any other source."

The Guardian ad Litem Program of the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida—Lee, Glades, Hendry, Charlotte and Collier Counties—recruits and trains volunteer child advocates who are paired with an attorney and an advocacy coordinator for the purpose of representing abused, neglected and abandoned children in court, school, the child welfare system and the community.

As a United Way partner, the Foundation’s goal is to raise funds necessary to ensure every child in the dependency system has a qualified volunteer advocate and all volunteers are trained and certified.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or would like more information regarding our organization, please contact The Guardian ad Litem Foundation Fort Myers office by phoning (239) 533-­1435, via email at program@GALFoundation20.org or visit our website www.voicesforkids.org.