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Organization Essential To Florida's Guardian Ad Litem Program Could Expire This Year

Florida Guardian ad Litem

Unless Florida lawmakers act, an organization created to aid in the efforts of Florida’s Guardian ad Litem program is set to expire later this year.

About 10 years ago, the Florida Guardian ad Litem foundation was created as the direct-support organization, or DSO for the actual program. The state’s Guardian ad Litem Executive Director Alan Abramowitz says it’s very essential to their mission of advocating on behalf of the state’s abused and neglected kids in court.

“For example, DSO provided $1,000 each to four circuits affected by Hurricane Irma to buy necessities for children, like clothes, and backpacks after the Hurricane,” he said. “We partnered with private entities to provide training to our volunteers across the state. They pay for things that children need that the state does not pay for, including football camps and tutoring and band instruments at times.”

If the legislature doesn’t do anything this session, the foundation will expire in October. A bill that passed its first House committee Thursday would do away with the repeal.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.