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Governor Crist Names Alan Abramowitz to Head Florida’s Guardian Ad Litem Office

Governor Charlie Crist has appointed long-time Department of Children and Families program head and juvenile justice attorney Alan Abramowitz as executive director of the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office. Abramowitz will succeed Theresa Flury, for a term to run until December 8, 2013.

Abramowitz to head Florida GAL

Abramowitz to head Florida GAL

Currently, Abramowitz directs the statewide Family Safety Program Office within the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).

“With 15 years of experience in social service and juvenile justice, Alan has continually worked to improve the lives of children who depend on the child welfare system,” Governor Crist said. “He is an effective and caring advocate for the young people of Florida, and I am confident the Guardian Ad Litem Program will excel under his leadership.”

Since 2000, Abramowitz, 48, of Tallahassee, has managed a variety of regional and statewide offices within DCF, including the offices covering Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, Central Florida and Palm Beach County.

From 1996 to 2000, he was assistant general counsel for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. He was an assistant public defender for the Tenth Judicial Circuit from 1992 to 1996 and an assistant state attorney for the Eighteenth Circuit from 1989 to 1990. He volunteered in Thailand with the United States Peace Corps from 1990 to 1992.

The Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Program is a partnership of community advocates and professional staff providing a voice on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children. The program pairs staff with community volunteers who get to know each child on an individual basis and advocate for their best interests. Additionally, the program uses a team of well-trained volunteers, case coordinators and program attorneys to provide services to Florida’s children.

Abramowitz holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University, a master’s from University of Central Florida and a law degree from the Florida State University College of Law. He also served in the United States Army Reserve and the Florida Army National Guard.

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