Bar Association Donates Books And Bears

Michelle Canaday, circuit director of the 15th Circuit Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program, recently accepted a generous donation of hundreds of books and bears from the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Lawyers for Literacy Committee to distribute at the National Adoption Day celebration held Friday, Nov. 16.

The Guardian ad Litem’s mission is to advocate in court for the best interests of children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected, and who are now placed into the foster care system. This is the fifth year for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Book and Bear Drive, sponsored by its Lawyers for Literacy Committee.

At this year’s celebration in Palm Beach County, there were 21 children adopted into their forever homes. Ages ranged from 11 months to 12 years old and there were two sets of twins and one set of siblings. Participants enjoyed a day filled with face painting, magic, balloon animals and lunch.

To learn more about Guardian ad Litem, its mission and how you can become a volunteer, visit or call (561) 355-6224.