Anderson Honored As Florida Guardian ad Litem Advocate

By  //  June 20, 2013

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Advocate of the Year for 18th Judicial Circuit

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Brevard County Commissioner Andy Anderson was recently named the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program’s 2013 Community Advocate of the Year for the 18th Judicial Circuit.

Andy Anderson

Andy Anderson

Anderson will be recognized along with 20 other community advocates from around the state at the 2013 GAL Awards Reception, which will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando.

“I am truly humbled by this recognition,” Anderson said.

“My district has a large number of children in GAL care and I have witnessed the amazing work these volunteers do every day. I am happy to do whatever I can to support them.”

SPEARHEADS PILOT PROGRAM

This award recognizes volunteers, staff and people from the community who go above and beyond in their contribution to support the GAL Program and its children.

Commissioner Anderson spearheaded a pilot program with the Brevard County libraries to give children represented by the program a library card, helping to make their lives a little more normal.

Commissioner Anderson spearheaded a pilot program with the Brevard County libraries to give children represented by the program a library card, helping to make their lives a little more normal.

Seeing the need for more GAL volunteers in his district, Anderson continuously promotes the need for volunteers through his newsletters and public appearances. He also includes the children represented by a GAL in the annual Coats for Kids drive, making sure they have coats during the winter months.

GAL-180-2“The GAL staff and volunteers in Brevard County are very appreciative of Commissioner Anderson’s participation and generosity,” said Kim DelGaudio, Circuit Director for Brevard and Seminole Counties.

At the reception in August, the state program will recognize one volunteer and one community advocate to represent the whole state. The 2013 GAL Awards Reception is held prior to the Department of Children and Families Child Protection Summit. There are more than 2,200 child welfare professionals and related partners expected to attend the summit.

For more information about the GAL program call 321-690-6823.


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