Gov. Kay Ivey meets with 2022 Alabama Spirit of Adult Protective Services Award winner Amy Floyd on Nov. 17 in Montgomery.
Gov. Kay Ivey meets with 2022 Alabama Spirit of Adult Protective Services Award winner Amy Floyd on Nov. 17 in Montgomery. (Governor’s Office/Hal Yeager)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) announced Monday that Amy Floyd, a social worker with Pike County DHR, is the recipient of the 2022 Alabama Spirit of Adult Protective Services (APS) Award.

The award is presented annually to a front-line worker who, through his or her initiative and innovative ideas, makes substantial contributions to the growth and development of the APS program.

“Amy Floyd exemplifies the passion, empathy and giving nature that make a successful social worker,” said Alabama DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner. “Ms. Floyd puts these qualities into practice every day as she pursues a better quality of life for vulnerable adults in her community. We are proud to recognize Ms. Floyd for her contributions to adult protective services in Alabama.”

Ms. Floyd has dedicated her career to serving the vulnerable. Since joining DHR in 2013, she has investigated numerous cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation that led to criminal charges and convictions against wrongdoers who preyed on the elderly and disabled.

After six years with Crenshaw County DHR, Ms. Floyd transferred to Pike County DHR in 2019. Leveraging her valuable relationships with partners across the region, Ms. Floyd has helped hundreds of vulnerable adults find safe living arrangements where they can receive proper care. She also plays a key role in the recruitment of adult foster homes and in raising awareness about abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Colleagues describe Ms. Floyd as a passionate advocate for the vulnerable who has a giving heart. She personally raises thousands of dollars each year for low-income adults in the community. It is also common for Ms. Floyd to share fresh vegetables from her family’s garden with vulnerable adults, care providers, coworkers and area residents.

“Amy Floyd has touched the lives of countless community members through her generosity and passion for protecting the vulnerable,” said Pike County DHR Director Patricia Faircloth. “She is fully committed to her calling, and we are grateful for the tremendous knowledge, compassion and leadership she brings to our team.”

Ms. Floyd is a 1994 graduate of Troy University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work.