16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Marian Loftin, BS, MA
Marian Loftin, a tireless advocate devoted to preventing child abuse and neglect, holds the position of Executive Director of the State of Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, which oversees the Children‘s Trust Fund of Alabama. Long active in child and family advocacy, she served on the founding boards of the Alfred Saliba Family Service Center of Dothan, the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center, and as a member of Governor Bob Riley‘s Task Force for Strengthening Alabama Families. Ms. Loftin, a strong and skillful leader with a gentle touch and loving heart, has contributed years of community service and notably at the forefront of proponents of family safety.
Ms. Loftin‘s professional background includes 17 years as an elementary school teacher, as a worker in government relations for the University of Alabama, and as Director of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional board memberships include VOICES for Alabama‘s Children, the Alabama Partnership for Children; the A+ Education Foundation; the Children First Foundation; the Houston County Juvenile Court Services; and the National Alliance of Children‘s Trust and Prevention Funds. The first woman inducted into the Dothan- Houston County Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, Ms. Loftin also has been involved in her State and community as Chair of the Wiregrass United Way and the Alabama affiliate of the American Heart Association and as a member of the Alabama Citizens for Constitution Reform Board and the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation Board. In honor of her civic involvement, Marian Loftin was named Olympic Torchbearer in 1996 and selected for Leadership Alabama in 2002.