Charles M. Auslander, attorney and long-time child advocate, has been appointed President and CEO of The Children’s Trust after serving as its Chief Programs and Operations Officer for the past 7 years.
“We could not have made a better choice,” said Maria Alonso, Chair of The Children’s Trust Board of Directors. “The entire Board is confident in Charles’ leadership and professionalism to steer The Children’s Trust in its next decade as a key funder of children’s services in Miami-Dade County and a leader in statewide public policy relating to children and families.”
Auslander’s career highlights prior to joining The Children’s Trust include organizing a firm-based dependency pro-bono project to represent guardians in dependency court as well as litigating authority for the Guardian ad Litem program to pursue termination of parental rights’ actions when the state would not. He participated in several cases that halted the unnecessary criminal drug prosecution of cocaine-addicted pregnant mothers, which impaired their access to necessary medical care, as well as their right to privacy. More recently, Charles was one of several attorneys instrumental in overturning Florida’s ban on gay adoptions. He also filed a “friend of the court” brief helping to secure in-state college tuition for young adults born in the U.S. of immigrant parents who were denied this benefit, and hence the opportunity to attend college, because of their parents’ illegal status.
In 1995, Auslander took a leave of absence from Greenberg Traurig to serve as District Legal Counsel for the Department of Children and Families, suing to close a developmental services residential program that had mistreated children and adult clients. He subsequently served as Miami-Dade/Monroe District Administrator for DCF. During his four-year tenure, there was a dramatic five-fold increase in the number of adoptions and a specialized foster care program was created to maintain children in family-like settings.
After returning to private practice, Auslander represented many adolescents transitioning from dependency to independent living. He continues to serve on the Miami-Dade Community Based Care Alliance and previously served on several not-for-profit boards.
The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future. Because all children are our children.
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