Katie McCarey, a volunteer guardian ad litem in the 13th Circuit, feeds a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit at a Tampa area hospital who was born to a mother with addiction issues. McCarey is part of a “SWAT” team of guardians ad litem who spend extra time not only with premature babies but other abused or neglected children who are hospitalized and in state care.

When Katie McCarey picked up the premature baby, he began to shake violently.

“It was pretty much the newborn hadn’t been touched in any meaningful way,” recalled McCarey, a volunteer guardian ad litem in the 13th Circuit. “He was startled, threw his hands up and started shaking.”