Kristen Guerrise, a family services counselor who focuses on the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, truly proves an exemplary representative of the Florida Department of Children and Families. In one notable case, she succeeded in her effort to reunite a parent and a child for a family who had been in the system since the child's birth, nearly three years. Ms. Guerrise's dedication and persistence on behalf of the family ultimately overcame the numerous obstacles presented by the many parties involved, by the Court, by the foster parents, and by a court appointed attorney ad litem. Consequently, the family was reunited and protective supervision terminated. Ms. Guerrise has been selected by the Department's program office to allow the media to shadow her in the field on two separate occasions. Her professionalism in representing the Department proves obvious both in her attitude and in her interview with the media. Recently, Ms. Guerrise has been given a Certificate of Appreciation by the Guardian Ad Litem Program for her efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children; highlighted in the November/December Guardian Ad Litem Newsletter; and commended for her performance beyond her duties, her enthusiasm, and her professionalism. The exemplary work of Ms. Guerrise represents a deep commitment to family preservation.