Training for 8th Judicial Circuit

What Kind of Training Must a Volunteer Complete

New volunteers must attend 30 hours of free Pre Service Training and pass a background check. The training is divided into three phases:

Phase 1 - Independent Study (8 hours) - 3 online videos, 3 reading assignments, and court observation.

All Phase 1 Work Must Be Completed Before Classroom Training

Phase 2 - Classroom Training (12 hours) - At the end of training, the trainee will be provisionally certified and will be given a case.

Phase 3 - Fieldwork (10 hours) - Once completed trainee will be fully certified.

Our classes cover a wide range of topics that will help prepare trainees as new advocates. Either online or in person training covers substance abuse, domestic violence, child advocacy, child development, normalizing children’s lives, sexual abuse, and working with the children and families. Our legal staff goes over the path of the case and discusses the reports that are submitted by our volunteers.

When and Where are Classes Held

All information inquiries and requests for applications should be made to the recruiter, Lynn Deen (352-548-3823, regardless of the county where the applicant wishes to attend training and volunteer.

Alachua County: Classes are held about once a month. All Alachua classes are held Monday-Thursday from 5:30 - 8:30p at our office at 14 S. Main Street, Gainesville.

Bradford, Baker, and Union Counties: Classes for Bradford and Union Counties are held in our Stark office, Baker County Classes are held in Macclenny. Classes are held on an as needed basis.

Gilchrist, and Levy Counties: Classes are held in Chiefland on an as needed basis.

In Service Training

After the first year, volunteers must complete 12 hours of In Service Training. We offer at least one class monthly that will increase the volunteer’s knowledge about the program and working with the children and families. We offer field trips to local organizations affiliated with the program and give information about other seminars and conferences related to child welfare. They are designed to be informative and interesting and help to enhance our volunteers’ ability to advocate effectively. Volunteers can read books, watch movies, read our quarterly newsletters and much more to obtain training credit.