Today, Monday, March 17th, five WCSO deputies were sworn in by Judge Kelvin Wells as guardians for the Guardian ad Litem Program. Captain Chari Rivers, Investigator Steve Sunday, Investigator Donna Armstrong, Sergeant Angie Hogeboom and Sergeant Scott Hogeboom are the first law enforcement officers in the State of Florida to team up with Guardian ad Litem as volunteers.
When a child is neglected, abused or abandoned and it is reported, Department of Children and Families steps in to shelter the child. The shelter is reviewed and a caseworker will oversee the child’s case and the court appoints a Guardian ad Litem for the child. The age of the child can range from newborn to 18 years of age. Deputies will visit with their child or children once a month (on their own time). They will be required to write a report at each visit and provide recommendations to the case manager. The program is strongly supported by Sheriff Adkinson who was present during this morning’s swearing in and stated, “What a wonderful opportunity to support an effort that is dedicated to helping children. I am very proud of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office who are taking on this opportunity. Ultimately this is what we believe in. As Benjamin Franklin once said “what good shall I do this day,” and this day we commit to helping children.”
(Pictured L to R: Captain Chari Rivers, Sergeant Scott Hogeboom, Sergeant Angie Hogeboom, Investigator Donna Armstrong, Investigator Steve Sunday and Judge Wells)