One of the ways we’re putting a dent in fatherlessness domestically is by partnering with agencies who are providing beneficial services to reduce the number of kiddos without a father.
One of these such agencies is the folks who run Guardian ad Litem services around this country. What’s a Guardian ad Litem? Guardian ad Litem are volunteers appointed by the Court to advocate and fight for the best interest of a child who has been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Most kiddos who need a Guardian ad Litem have been removed from their homes and placed with relatives or foster parents.
What do you do as a Guardian ad Litem? It depends on what’s happening with the child’s case as it moves through the court system, but in general you can expect to visit the child monthly, report what you see, and attend the hearings. Sometimes you’ll need to do other advocating, but realistically the aforementioned will take about 12 hours a month. It’s an awesome way to help a child in need without actually adopting or fostering them.
Man Up is committed to seeing the number of fatherless children in a given community decrease in the areas where it serves. Advocating for a child, speaking truth into the situation, and simply serving as a trusted adult can do wonders for that child’s well-being. With some many children walking in the negative footsteps of their parents, we believe this type of positive modeling can help break the cycle.
Recently Man Up Tampa Bay partnered with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay to put together a team in support for this noble work. We had a blast at the event and loved seeing all the kiddos (and adults!) dress up in their favorite SuperHero at the SuperHero 5K held in the greater Tampa Bay area on September 23. Regardless of where you live, supporting your local Guardian ad Litem programs can be a great way to fight for the fatherless.
If you’d like to find out more about how to start a Man Up chapter in your area, please Contact Us today as we would love to help you advocate for the fatherless in your area.