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Secretary David E. Wilkins on Normalcy

The most important job we have in child welfare is to protect a young person's opportunity to have a healthy, normal childhood...
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The Statewide Guardian ad Litem Foundation will host a news conference for a statewide initiative to kick off a strategic campaign to recruit 10,000 child advocates for abused, abandoned, and neglected children.
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Florida's First Lady announces November as National Adoption Month

GAL program prepares its pitch for more funding

When Alan Abramowitz made his budget request at the Legislature, he brought a cardboard cutout of a child to keep the focus where it belongs. “It’s a human rights issue that children be treated with dignity and that their voices are heard,” said Abramowitz, executive director of the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program. He’s asking for $3.9 million in FY 2012-13 to hire 64 additional staff positions needed to fully support the work of an additional 1,650 volunteers to provide “best interest” advocacy for 3,367 more children in dependency court — from the current 21,497 to 24,864. Read entire article.

I am for the child. Will you be for the child too?

The child I am for is special. She is the little girl who has already suffered in an abusive home, enters the foster care system, and is placed in three or four different homes and schools within just a few months. He is the little boy who witnessed a terrible assault on one of his parents. They are the brother and sister whose mother has just been sentenced to prison and who have been split up and reside in different counties. Thankfully, most people do not know these children. I do. As I write this, there are hundreds of them in Leon and the adjacent counties. I know them all. Read entire article that was published in the Tallahassee Democrat on October 28, 2011.

Inaugural motorcycle run to benefit disadvantaged youngsters

The inaugural Guardian Toy Motorcycle Run will take place Nov. 19 in Riverview and Brandon. Toys collected will help court-appointed guardians provide Christmas gifts for the children they serve. Click here for more information!

Join us for the 1st Annual Superhero 5k Run in Seminole County!

The Superhero Run is a family friendly race that invites runners of all ages to come out and enjoy this 5k! Whether you’re a local business, family from the Central Florida area, UCF student or a serious runner, the Superhero 5k is for you! All proceeds from the event will benefit Seminole County Guardian Ad Litem. The first Kappa Alpha Theta and Guardian Ad Litem Superhero Run will be held on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at Memory Mall, on the University Of Central Florida campus. Click here for more information!

A Letter from Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director, Florida Guardian ad Litem Program (PDF document)

State GAL Executive Director Visits Monroe Volunteers

Guardian ad Litem Transportation Policy – Letter from Alan Abramowitz

Transportation Policy (PDF document)

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Senator Storms Supports the Guardian ad Litem Program

Join us for Guardian ad Litem Day - March 23, 2011

Read the Florida Bar News article introducing Alan Abramowitz as the GAL Program's new Executive Director!

Governor Crist Appoints Alan Abramowitz as Executive Director of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office

Governor Charlie Crist appointed Alan Abramowitz of Tallahassee as Executive Director of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office, to succeed Theresa Flury, for a term beginning December 28, 2010, and ending December 8, 2013.

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Florida Guardian ad Litem 2011 Annual Report

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