GAL Program Receives 2014 Davis Productivity Award

Logo: Davis Productivity Awards

On Friday, April 4, 2014, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program Executive Director Alan Abramowitz shared the news that for the fourth year in a row, the program has been named recipient of a Prudential Davis Productivity Award.

Presented annually since 1989, the Davis Productivity Awards program acknowledges and rewards state employees and work units "whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses."

The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program was recognized this year for its efforts to move children out of foster care and into permanent homes more quickly. In addition to improved outcomes for Florida's children, estimates indicate that more than $2 million dollars was saved in foster care funds during the 2012–2013 fiscal year.

The Davis Productivity Awards program is a public-private initiative chaired by the Lieutenant Governor, currently Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc., Florida TaxWatch, the Florida Council of 100 and the State of Florida. The awards were originated by J.E. Davis and A.D. Davis, the late co-founders of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., and Florida TaxWatch.

The 2014 awards honor 432 individuals and teams for "innovations and productivity improvements worth $558 million in cost savings, cost avoidances and increased revenue for state government." Five award presentations will take place statewide in June 2014.

Congratulations to everyone involved with the program and thank you to everyone who made this honor possible!

The Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program Earns the Prudential
Davis Productivity Award for 4th Consecutive Year

by Alan Abramowitz

Friday, April 4, 2014
Press Release

Yesterday, 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 that, "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. To view the studies showing that outcomes are better for children who have volunteers, please click on the following link: http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5332511/k.7D2A/Evidence_of_Effectiveness.htm.

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.

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