Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program, Christina Spudeas of Florida’s Children First, and Florida Youth Shine State Chair Chelsea Bramblett recognized Senator Nancy Detert with the Nancy C. Detert Children’s Champion Award during the Florida’s Children’s Week kickoff dinner.
Senator Nancy C. Detert (R Venice) was named the first recipient of the Nancy C. Detert Children’s Champion Award, presented at the Florida Children’s Week Awards Dinner and Reception on Monday, January 25. The Guardian ad Litem Program, Florida Youth Shine and Florida’s Children First, three premier children’s advocacy groups, teamed up to create the ultimate child advocate award in recognition of her tireless work on behalf of Florida’s foster children. Detert plans to retire from the Senate after the 2016 session.
Detert has been a fierce advocate on behalf of Florida’s children throughout her many years in the Florida Senate and House. She devoted her career to advancing the well-being of foster children and teens, and sponsored many successful bills that changed the lives of children and families involved in the foster care system.
When asked about the award Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director of the Florida GAL Program said, “Senator’s Detert’s dedication to the issues most crucial to Florida’s foster children is inspirational. Her focused and persistent common-sense approach has made life-changing differences for Florida’s youth.”
“We are proud to join the GAL Program along with our Youth Advocacy organization, Florida Youth SHINE, to create an award to honor the legacy of Senator Detert.” Christina Spudeas, Executive Director of Florida’s Children First said. “She is a true champion for children, sponsoring legislation that extended foster care to age 21, created normal lives for our children, gave opportunities for kids in foster care to get their driver’s license, provided continued support and help for young adults who age out of foster care, and so much more. Having an annual award in her name is our small way to honor a legislator whose focus has always been to better the lives of children.”
Florida Youth Shine Chair Chelsea Bramblett went on to say, “Senator Detert will be greatly missed but we are so thankful for her constant support for Florida Youth SHINE. She has been our biggest champion over the past several years and has sponsored many bills to positively influence the lives of children in care. We have been honored to have worked alongside her over these past several years and we will be forever grateful for the positive changes she has brought for youth in care. We were pleased to announce that we will be naming an award in her honor to further recognize future child advocates and champions every year.”
To learn more about the Guardian ad Litem Program or to become a volunteer visit www.GuardianadLitem.org or call 1-866-341-1GAL.