Everyone of us has been touched by the life of a child in some way. But not everyone makes it their career to help children.
Theresa Flury stands up for children who don't otherwise have a voice.
"I would never be able to pay the volunteers for what they do. I sound like a Mastercard commercial, but it really is priceless," said Theresa Flury, Executive Director of the Guardian Ad Litem Program.
Theresa Flury has dedicated her life to serving those less fortunate and ensuring their needs are met. That's why she was an easy selection of Governor Crist to be the Executive Director of the Guardian Ad Litem program back in 2008.
"Our only job is to speak up for these children. We don't have any other responsibility but the child."
Flury says her success is directly related to her staff and volunteers. Many of whom work for little to no money to make sure these kids have a safe haven.
"Their entire world is turned upside down through no fault of their own and we're the ones there that are fighting for them."
But even Flury's best intentions can fall prey to circumstance.
"We had one young man tell us for nine weeks he practiced to be in a play and the week before he was removed from his home and he couldn't participate. That's heartbreaking."
But for every story like that, there's a story like Ashley Rhodes Courter who was in and out of foster homes for nine years. She has thrived in the guardian ad litem program--thanks to Theresa and her team.
"This program is very fortunate to have her leadership. We all feel a tremendous amount of support. She helps to reinforce the impact that each and every one of us makes," said Deborah Moore, Circuit Director of the Local Ad Litem program.
And this past year, the state did not take any money away from the program. An honor in of itself. One day someone will replace Theresa Flury, but in the meantime, Florida is lucky to have a woman so dedicated to protecting the lives and the well being of children.