Thousands of abused and neglected children become the subject of judicial proceedings each year.  The Guardian Ad Litem is a representative for the child before the Court, social service agencies, and the community.  A Guardian Ad Litem may be a volunteer who has been trained and certified by the State of Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program or an attorney who is a member in good standing with The Florida Bar.  Guardian Ad Litem responsibilities include, but are not limited to, monitoring the child's case to insure proper services are received and reporting information to assist the Court in determining the best interests of the child.