Gil Smith directs his efforts on behalf of Indiana's children both locally and statewide. In his local community, Mr. Smith has been the Director of the Carroll County Office of Family and Children for five-and-one-half years. In that capacity, he has been a driving force in the effort to improve outcomes for children and families in his community. Mr. Smith also serves as the Chair of First Steps, the Vice-Chair of Step-Ahead, and as a Board member of both the Carroll County Young Men's Christian Association and the Carroll County Freedom Center. He devotes much time to serving on various statewide program planning committees, which include program improvement planning, concurrent planning, and legislative liaison. The efforts of Mr. Smith have had a significant impact: that is, positive changes for Indiana's children. Mr. Smith also assists other counties by performing peer reviews and providing input regarding improving and strengthening service delivery in many areas of Illinois. While serving on these committees, he focuses his efforts on advocating for children and families. His leadership skills and knowledge often lead to new requests for his participation. In addition to his dedication to children and families in his professional life, in the year 2000, Gil Smith and Janet, his wife, chose to become foster parents to two children, Alexis and Austin.