Governor Crist Appoints Alan Abramowitz as Executive Director of the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office

By: Governor's Press Office
By: Governor's Press Office

Tallahassee, FL - Governor Charlie Crist today (12-29) appointed Alan Abramowitz of Tallahassee as executive director of the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office, to succeed Theresa Flury, for a term beginning December 28, 2010, and ending December 8, 2013. Currently, he 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, 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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  • by Merrilyn Location: Panama City Florida on May 10, 2012 at 04:45 AM
    GIL's have way to much power with little to no checks and balances in their professionalism and conduct. I mean really to discuss openly what they are going to do to someone in an open forum when the case is a closed hearing case. With snickers and giggles. Totally disgusting behavior. Acting like family members to the parent who has custody and taking action against another. I thought they were suppose to be nutral. Something really needs to be done.! What I witnessed is just shameful. Not to mention having to listen to other cases where a GAL spoke against one parent. The man had no idea what he was talking about. It blatenally sounded like he was making it up as he went. I agree that there should be GAL but someone needs to weed out the bad ones. They are mucking up families and their well being.
  • by Craig Location: Orlando on Jan 7, 2011 at 04:07 PM
    Congratulations, Alan! I can't think of a better choice.
  • by MJ Location: Barry on Jan 6, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    Alan is a true child advocate whom I have had the pleasure to know for several years. He is not about politics, he is about kids and that is what our future is really all about!I could not be more pleased
  • by k on Dec 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    Lame Duck Governor or not Mr. Abramowitz is a great choice to oversee the GAL. Mr. Abramwitz cares about the children of Florida.
  • by Betty Location: Florida on Dec 30, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    This was just another good old boy play by Charlie Crist, two days before going out he is still tryng to play politics with our kids futures. Thsi was a slap in the face of the Scott administration that he appoint someone at the last minute when an agreement had already been made that any further appointments would be held off for the new administration to review.
  • by JD-GAL Location: Seminole County on Dec 30, 2010 at 08:19 AM
    Great news! This appointment (or DCF Director) should have been made several years ago. I've worked with Alan for many years and a better person to advocate for Florida's abused, abandoned and neglected children could not be found!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2010 at 05:15 PM
    F.C.A.T SUCKS.
  • by oh puh-lease on Dec 29, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    Lame Ducks with only a few days left in office should not appoint anybody to anything. The voters have spoken Crist and you ain't it.
  • by dog Location: gone on Dec 29, 2010 at 02:06 PM
    That is just Stupid. Crist you will not be the Gov. in a couple of days so why are you appointing anyone NOW.
  • by foster parent Location: fla on Dec 29, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    I hope he will get the department in order
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