Special Populations in Cape Coral, FL
MISSION STATEMENTThe mission of the Guardian Angels for Special Populations is: To provide the Special Populations Center in Cape Coral, Florida with the volunteers needed for its programs and events;. To organize and conduct fundraising activities to help support the Center’s special funding needs;. To increase community awareness about the needs of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and the Freida B. Smith Special Populations Center in Cape Coral, Florida. GUARDIAN ANGELS MEETINGSThe Guardian Angels meet monthly to receive updates on fund raising events, prepare grants and enjoy pot luck dinners.
Join the current members the Second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Freida B. Smith Special Populations Center, 410 Santa Barbara Boulevard, Cape Coral or contact Guardian Angels at 574-0574 for information. HOW WE HELP The Guardian Angels for Special Populations is a volunteer, non-profit, tax exempt 501 organization providing support to the programs at the Freida B. Smith Special Populations Center in Cape Coral, Florida. Since April 1996 the Guardian Angels for Special Populations has raised funds through community-wide fundraising events and grants.
SPEAKERS FOR YOUR GROUPThe Guardian Angels for Special Populations has spoken with groups throughout the city to spread the word about the unique programs available to persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities in the City of Cape Coral. We would be happy to provide a speaker and/or information to your group about the Guardian Angels as well as Special Populations. An important part of our mission is to increase community awareness about the needs of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESVolunteer your TIME assisting with programs and/or the Guardian Angels for Special Populations fundraisers.
Guardian ad litem legal definition of guardian ad litem
A guardian ad litem is a unique type of guardian in a relationship that has been created by a court order only for the duration of a legal action. The concept of guardian ad litem grew out of developments in U.S. law in the late nineteenth century. Courts can exercise discretion; they are not required to appoint a guardian ad litem. In the 1970s and 1980s, the importance of the guardian ad litem grew in response to increased concern about children’s welfare.
Because states had generally modeled their civil court processes on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the role of guardian ad litem was well established. Equally important, these laws spelled out requirements for the appointment of guardians ad litem in abuse cases. In 1993, after hearing an appeal in a particularly horrifying abuse case, the Supreme Court of West Virginia set forth guidelines for guardians ad litem in its decision. Given the rigors of the task, which is often voluntary or low paid, it is not surprising that courts have traditionally had difficulty finding adequate numbers of qualified individuals to serve as guardians ad litem. In the mid-1990s, the role of guardian ad litem provoked new concerns.
Whereas many attorneys perceived a need for guardians ad litem to be appointed in all Child Custody proceedings, others expressed caution about the risk of lawsuits. Particularly for attorneys serving as guardians ad litem in divorce cases, this risk was high: parents upset with the result of a custody ruling might sue the guardian, just as a number of parties had in the 1980s brought action against government agencies involved in child welfare cases. Usually a parent will file a petition to be appointed the guardian ad litem of a child hurt in an accident at the same time the lawsuit is filed.
Angels among us? Four short articles
There is a resurgence among a diverse US population who believe that guardian angels not only exist, but claim to have a working relationship with them. Accounts of angelic contact contain common elements that angels are incorporeal, sexless, highly intelligent, able to move at the speed of thought, full of warmth and joy, are cooperative not competitive, and often say the same thing: Don’t be afraid. The sisters are convinced that they were helped by angels. Apparently, dozens of experiences have been recorded from all over the United States of angels coming to the rescue of stranded travellers with punctured tyres. The angels are always young, smiling and playful, but become solemn and silent as they perform their duty of changing the wheel.
Writer Nancy Gibbs explores the questions many people are seeking to answer about the nature and role of angels in the universe. Fifty-five per cent of adult Americans believe that angels are higher spiritual beings created by God with special powers to act as His agents on earth. Whether an angel appears in a dream, as a comforting presence, or a physical person, there exists a remarkable similarity among reports of such encounters. The common thread is a profound change in the lives of those who have had an experience with angels. New York Times editorial on angels A recent Sunday New York Times editorial discussed the renewed interest in angels in popular culture and the number of current books about angelic visitations.
In regard to the current popularity of angels as images and ideas, the editor reflected: We cannot give a definitive answer. In a sectarian age, when people are being slaughtered for their differences, angels are nonsectarian well-wishers, common to Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Zoroastrianism.