Today, the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program was named for the 4th year in a row as a recipient of the prestigious Prudential Davis Productivity Award sponsored by Florida Tax Watch. The Davis Productivity Awards recognize hard-working state employees and public agencies whose work “significantly and measurably increases productivity” and “saves money for Florida taxpayers.”
GAL Program Executive Director, Alan Abramowitz, took this time to recognize the volunteers and staff who fight each day to get children permanent families. Abramowitz stated, “by using their gifts of time and talent, our 9,000 dedicated volunteers, in coordination with businesses, non-profits and the staff supporting them are bringing about better outcomes for children and assisting them to transition from foster care into permanent homes." Studies have shown that a child with a GAL volunteer is more likely to find a safe, stable home sooner than one who doesn’t. Learn more about those studies here.
The GAL Program was recognized by Tax Watch for its efforts to move children out of foster care and into permanent homes more quickly. The Program estimates that in addition to the improved outcomes for Florida’s children, more than $2 million was saved in foster care funds during fiscal year 2012-2013 through their efforts. “This year, the Legislature and Governor Rick Scott continue to expand the GAL Program so we can work toward our goal for every child in Florida’s dependency court system to have the representation of a Guardian ad Litem,” said Abramowitz. “We express special thanks to Florida TaxWatch, the Florida Council of 100, the State of Florida, and Prudential for sponsoring this Award.”
For additional information on the work of the Guardian ad Litem Program, please visit www.GuardianadLitem.org.