Childrens Guardian Fund recently honored retired Judge Durand Adams for his efforts to provide support for the 1200 children in the state’s care.
For his years of leadership in the 12th Judicial Circuit, CGF presented him with its “Lifetime Child Advocacy” award, its first, for leadership in child protection.
The luncheon was the 13th annual event, held at Michael’s on East November 9. Over 200 people attended, including a dozen Guardian ad Litem volunteers. Recently retired president of the Child Protection Center Dr Hal Hedley served as honorary chair.
This event, said Alan Quinby, president of CGF, supports the educational and other needs of children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected and who are now in state-ordered care.
Quinby and Dr. Hedley presented Judge Adams with the award, a sculpture of children climbing a metaphorical ladder.
Judge Adams founded the Family Violence Council of Manatee County in 1993. In 1994, the Florida Supreme Court appointed Judge Adams to assist in implementing the family law initiative in all 20 judicial circuits in Florida.
Dr Hedley was the second executive director of the Guardian ad Litem program in the 12th judicial circuit. Until his recent retirement he had served for nine years as president/CEO of the Child Protection Center, Sarasota. Co-chairs were Nancy and Chuck Parrish, and Carol and Mort Siegler.