The Brave New World of Out of Home Care in Florida – Recorded 3.19.21

Florida is changing its array of placements for foster children to meet the requirements of the federal Family First Act. Beginning in October 2021 the federal government will stop paying for traditional group care. Will this change usher in a new and hopeful era for Florida children? Or will the practicalities of such a major shift have negative consequences?

In this training, we will learn about new options like Qualified Residential Treatment Programs and At-Risk of Sex Trafficking Group homes. We will examine the supports offered to relatives and non-relatives to care for children under the new foster parent licensing scheme. We’ll look at the racial and ethnic disparities in placement. We will discuss advocacy opportunities so that everyone working with children will be prepared to navigate this new world.

Presented by Robin Rosenberg, Esq., Deputy Director of Florida’s Children First & Walter Honaman, Esq., Supervising Attorney of the Children’s Advocacy Program at the Legal Aid Service of Broward County.


Presentation Slides      Resource List     Certificate of Completion

CLE Number: 2102046N


CLE: 3 General, 0.5 Bias Elimination, 0.5 Mental Illness

Certification Credits: 3 Juvenile Law 

Approval period: 3/19/21-9/30/21


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Alexia Nechayev

FYS Events & Meeting Chair
(Palm Beach)

Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

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