In Palm Beach County there are nearly 1,400 children involved in dependency court

proceedings, a situation that no child should have to face – especially not alone.

There are nearly 300 children every year who still need a voice. These children need a gal (Guardian Ad Litem) to speak up for their best interest. 

The Florida Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program in Palm Beach County is a partnership of community advocates and professional staff providing a powerful voice on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children. Guardian ad Litem Volunteers (GALs) are trained, court-appointed advocates for children who have been abused,  abandoned, or neglected. 

Speak Up for Kids is a not-for-profit organization whose sole purpose is to support the Guardian ad Litem program in Palm Beach County by funding projects and needs that are not supported through other sources. This is why Speak Up For Kids exists. 

Speak Up For Kids is currently collecting toys for their Holiday Toy Drive. “We collect for 1400+ children – all children in care, we are the only agency that does that. We do have a gift guide when people are looking for suggestions, but anything is welcome!” Children range in age from newborns to 18 years old. 50% of the children Speak Up for Kids cares for are under 5. You can reach out to Coleen LaCosta directly at coleen@speakupforkidspbc.org to find out how you can make a difference this holiday season.

Speak Up For Kids Palm Beach County, Inc. is a non-profit located in West Palm Beach. You can find out more ways to help (volunteer, donations and more) at www.speakupforkidspbc.org.