Guardian Ad Litem remembers needy children with ceremony

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Crestview resident Malcolm Parker tosses a flower into a pond at Twin Hills Park on Sunday following a ceremony presented by Guardian Ad Litem. Attendees tossed flowers in the pond to commemorate children without Guardian Ad Litem representation.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 13:36 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Guardian Ad Litem in Crestview on Sunday remembered needy, unrepresented children with a ceremony at Twin Hills Park.

Guardian Ad Litem is a government-assisted, volunteer-based organization that speaks for children moved from their homes due to courtroom intervention. These children, who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, are often removed from a toxic environment and placed into care of others.

Carita Smith, the Crestview Guardian Ad Litem program’s volunteer coordinator, hosted the event.

The goal was to encourage more people to volunteer for the program.

"We have lots of volunteers and I appreciate them," Smith said during the ceremony. "But right now, we have over 200 (children) without Guardian Ad Litem. So that means those children get up and have nobody to speak on their behalf and have nobody to visit them and nobody to make sure they are not hurt, harmed or endangered again.”

A basket with 201 flowers was placed inside a lookout pavilion overlooking a pond at the park. Following the service, attendees tossed flowers into the pond in remembrance of children without representation.  

Additionally, area judges and program directors spoke and there were performances from the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church children's choir, Jeilani Champion and Dr. Linda Smith.  



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