What’s Being Missed in the Aftermath of the “Bonnie and Clyde” Rampage

The heart-pounding shootout between Volusia County law enforcement and a 12-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl continues to shock the nation. Just yesterday, two weeks after the incident, State Attorney R.J. Larizza held a news conference on the case that garnered national attention. Although many are still reeling, child advocates aligned with The Children’s Campaign believe it wasn’t a matter if a “Bonnie and Clyde” youth rampage could happen, but when. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood called both Florida’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems “broken.” But unpacking the reasons for why this tragedy happened, which appeared to some to be a potential suicide-by-cop in the making, is more complicated. A ...Read More

2021-06-22T13:27:12-04:00June 22, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Is a Lack of Transparency Costing Children’s Lives?

Stonewalling by agency heads and private corporations caring for Florida’s most vulnerable children is raising serious questions about transparency in the aftermath of violent sexual abuse of a girl at Miami Girls Academy, regulated by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and the brutal death of a Jacksonville child in kinship care, regulated by the Florida Department of Children & Families. Appearing to Hide Behind Confidentiality The questionable application of confidentiality guidelines raises suspicion, as well as magnifies the serious problems caused when expansive private corporations have no real ties to the state or voices of local citizens at their table. In Miami, the Miami Girls Academy, a residential juvenile ...Read More

2021-06-02T12:54:43-04:00June 2, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

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|