Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program has Big Shoes to Fill

In a town like Tallahassee, it’s pretty common for agency heads to come and go. Sometimes the change is welcomed by child advocates and youth serving organizations. The recent resignation of Alan Abramowitz from his position as executive director of the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL), however, is not one of those times. Alan’s 11 years of leadership at GAL has proven to so many that he is one of Florida’s most stalwart advocates for the best interests of children. Without a doubt, it’s one of the primary reasons why he received the 2020 State Director of the Year Award from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad ...Read More

2021-05-03T15:26:20-04:00April 30, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

BUDGET TAKES CENTER STAGE

COVID Relief Itemized List Expected to be Released Noon, Sunday The conference process between the Senate and House began with an organizational meeting on Friday evening. Committees met for the first time on Saturday, at which time the Senate conferees made their first offer. The House is expected to respond to the first round sometime today. The committees have until the close of business on Monday to reconcile at which time unresolved differences will bump up to the Appropriations Chairs. As more numbers are reported, The Children’s Campaign will update this Capitol Report on our website. At this point in time, as a child advocacy organization, we can say with ...Read More

2021-04-18T14:38:39-04:00April 18, 2021|Breaking News, Capitol Report|

The Big Problem with SB 1920

Let’s apply the chicken-or-egg question to the child welfare “improvement” proposed by SB 1920, which will mandate a new state government department for state-compensated attorneys representing foster children in dependency hearings. Which should come first – identifying the problem or implementing a solution? The answer may seem obvious, but as The Children’s Campaign listened to testimony presented in a Senate committee hearing, it’s clear some are moving too quickly to propose a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist, rather than digging further to understand the model that’s being proposed or the many negative unintended consequences. The big problem with SB 1920? First it will require significant tax dollars but ...Read More

2021-04-14T08:20:45-04:00April 13, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|