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|

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|

Report: Florida’s Education and Juvenile Justice Systems Are Failing Black Girls

High rates of disproportionate arrests and lockups in nearly one-fourth of Florida counties    New research by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Sounding the Alarm: Criminalization of Black Girls in Florida, finds Black girls in Florida are disproportionately punished at nearly every disciplinary point in the education and juvenile justice systems. The findings are relevant to bringing forth the overdue justice and educational reforms needed to support the wellbeing of girls and young women. Although Black girls account for just 21% of the girl population in Florida, they are more than two times overrepresented in: Out-of-school suspensions for girls (49%) Incidents involving girls and law enforcement in schools eligible ...Read More

2021-03-24T12:08:21-04:00March 24, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|