May 3, 2016
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LIVE OAK, Fla. —Suwannee Correctional Institution (SCI) was recognized by the 3rd Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program as Community Advocate of the Year on Thursday, April 21st. SCI’s administrative team received the recognition on behalf of the institution while attending an annual appreciation banquet hosted by Gaurdian ad Litem for volunteers and supporters of the program. Institution staff members support the program by engaging with and providing presents for children during the Christmas and Easter holidays. SCI also donates non-perishable food items during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “The Guardian ad Litem Program continues to act as a strong and effective voice for the advocacy and awareness of Florida’s less fortunate children. I am proud of the empathy and commitment to community displayed by these employees.”
The Guardian ad Litem Program represents a statewide coalition of community advocates and professional staff who strive to ensure that the immediate financial, health, educational and social needs of underprivileged children are being met. These individuals are dedicated to the wellbeing and advocacy of Florida’s abused, neglected and abandoned children and, through court-appointed volunteers, represent their best interests.
For more information on Gaurdian ad Litem, please visit: http://guardianadlitem.org/. For more information on Suwannee Correctional Institution, please visit: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/facilities/region2/230.html.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.