DCF Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

Robert A. Butterworth

January 8, 2008 850-488-4855

Children and Families Secretary Unveils New “Southern Region”
~ Secretary Butterworth announces new organizational structure to streamline services ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Department of Children and Families Secretary Bob Butterworth announced today the formation of a new Department Region comprised of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The new “Southern Region” will consist of Department Circuits 11 and 16, formerly part of the Department’s Southeast Region. Department leader Alan Abramowitz has been appointed the new region’s director effective Monday, January 14, 2008.

“We’re confident this is the right step for the people of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties and for the professionals serving this Department,” said Secretary Butterworth. “The service needs in this most southern part of our state are unique and often complex. It’s vital we restructure ourselves in a way to meet those needs effectively and efficiently.”

Throughout 2007, Children and Families focused heavily on reorganizing its internal structure and promoting decision-making at the lowest appropriate level in order to improve customer service and meet the needs of Floridians and their communities. The Department realigned its previous service areas to coincide with the state’s 20 judicial circuits. Those 20 circuits are now divided into the following six regions: Northwest Region, Northeast Region, Central Region, SunCoast Region, Southeast Region and the Southern Region.

“It is an honor to be asked by Secretary Butterworth to serve such a culturally diverse community,” said Abramowitz. “I am excited to become part of the Southern Region and to focus on early intervention and prevention for the families we work with. Together, with our outstanding community partners, we can create new and innovative ways to build strong families.”

Abramowitz has been with the Department since 2000 and has received statewide recognition for his service in Pinellas and Palm Beach counties where he assisted in streamlining Department operations. Most recently, he successfully and safely reduced the number of children being separated from their families in Palm Beach County through the foster care system, helping communities and service providers focus on “in-home” services to stabilize families.

Prior to his service in Pinellas and Palm Beach counties, Abramowitz served as District Administrator in what was formerly the Department’s District 7 (Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Brevard Counties). Abramowitz served four years as Assistant General Counsel for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Orlando and he has worked for the Public Defenders and State Attorney’s office.

For more information about the programs and services offered by the Florida Department of Children and Families, visit www.state.fl.us/cf_web/.


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