On Thursday, August 9, 2012, Alan Abramowitz announced that the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program was selected as an honoree of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's (CCAI) Angels in Adoption award.
The CCAI—a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe and loving homes—honors over 150 individuals and organizations annually for excellence in adoption, recognizing them at a Washington, D.C. awards gala.
The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program's nomination for the Angels in Adoption award, the gala for which will be held on September 12, 2012, was submitted by Senator Marco Rubio.
For more about this exciting news, you can read the complete text of the announcement below.
From Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director
Volunteers, GAL staff, GAL Foundation and non-profits:
Congratulations to the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL Program) for being an honoree of the Angels in Adoption Program in Washington, DC. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Angels in Adoption honors more than 150 Angels nationwide for excellence in adoption. This year, Senator Marco Rubio, selected the GAL Program from Florida for this prestigious award. The GAL Program will be recognized in Washington, DC on September 12, at a star studded awards GALA. This year's National Angels in Adoption awardees are actress Katherine Heigl, singer/songwriter Josh Kelley, and PEOPLE Magazine. The GAL Program is extremely honored and ecstatic to accept this award on behalf of the 1000's of volunteers, staff, non-profits and supporters. We cannot thank Senator Rubio enough for selecting our Program for such an amazing award.
Florida's Guardian ad Litem Program is a partnership of community volunteer child advocates and professional staff that provides a powerful voice on behalf of Florida's abused and neglected children. Since its inception over 30 years ago, the GAL Program has represented the best interests of over 125,000 children in Florida's dependency court and assisted in the adoption process for many. The GAL Program is instrumental in Florida's adoption process as the Guardian ad Litem ("GAL") is the sole voice for the child throughout the court process.
The GAL Program has participated in 2,221 adoptions for fiscal year 2011/2012. The GAL volunteer advocates for the child at each stage of a dependency proceeding to help the child achieve permanency with their forever family. During the initial stages of the case, the GAL is often the person who seeks out family members or other individuals with a connection to the child as a potential adoptive placement. Once a child is placed and the goal of the case becomes adoption, the GAL helps the potential adoptive family understand the adoptive process and the benefits of adoption such as the adoption subsidy and the adoption tax credit. The GAL volunteer works with stakeholders in the dependency system to ensure that home studies are completed in a timely manner and that all legal requirements are met. Essentially, the adoption process of children from Florida's foster care system is more efficient and successful because of Florida's Guardian ad Litem Program.
For more information about the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program, please visit our website at www.GuardianadLitem.org, or call 1-866-341-1425.
For more information about Angels in Adoption, please visit their website at www.angelsinadoption.org.