Congratulations to Kasandra Phillips, Circuit Director of the GAL Program in Broward County. Kasandra was nominated and included in the Women of Achievement issue of Legacy Magazine, published on November 20, 2017 and also inserted in the Sun Sentinel. Her nomination/bio is listed below.
Kasandra has devoted her entire career in South Florida to working within the Child-Welfare System. Prior to joining the 17th Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program (GALP), she worked at two Community Based Care providers and a local foster care licensing agency. She is passionate about her work because she believes that we have the responsibility and power to literally change a child’s live, by just providing for them a safe space, a voice, and opportunities for them to prosper in.
Kasandra currently serves as the Circuit Director for the 17th Circuit GALP. The GALP represents over 2,800 hundred children that have an open and active dependency court case in where they are allegations of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Under her leadership, the program advocates for the best interest of our community’s most vulnerable children. In the past three years, her accomplishments include restructuring operations; implementing new internal and external systems; developing new strategies to recruit and train quality volunteer Guardians ad Litem; increasing community awareness; and forging community relationships with key community leaders.
Kasandra works hard, every day, to grow the GALP to a place where it can sustain and continue to grow to the fullest potential by utilizing strong program and process management, strategic planning, hiring competent staff and building relationships with both traditional and non-traditional partners. She leads by example and her colleagues always find her enthusiasm and dedication both inspiring and motivating.
Even though Kasandra works at 17th Circuit GALP, she is so passionate about helping our community’s most vulnerable she volunteers her time and talents with other organizations.
– Children & Families Leadership Association – Supports this organization, which works to establish and nurture a community involvement that provides all children and families the means to become and remain safe, secure, and self-sufficient.
– Domestic Violence Council – Supports this collaboration between different agencies in the domestic violence community.
– State-Wide an Local Diversity Coalition – Participates on a state-wide and local initiatives to ensure community providers reflect the populations that they serve.
– Voices for Children of Broward County – Supports this organization in developing key programs and fundraising efforts to ensure that all abused, abandoned, and neglected children have the financial resources are available for each child’s accompanying health, educational, and social needs.
– Active Member Antioch Mission Baptist Church of Miami Gardens