Florida's Children First

HIGHER EDUCATION: Actions Needed to Improve Access to Federal Financial Assistance for Homeless and Foster Youth

Homeless youth and youth in foster care are often unprepared for the transition to adulthood. Given the economic benefits of college, GAO was asked to examine the college experiences of these vulnerable youth. GAO examined (1) college enrollment and completion for foster and homeless youth, (2) the extent to which challenges these youth face affect […]

Tuition Exemption: Know Your Rights

In March, 2016, the Board of the Governors of the Florida State University System realized the need to revise its Regulation that limited the use of the tuition exemption to a maximum of 120 credit hours in undergraduate courses – which was not correct according to current law. The revised Regulation will make it clear […]

ILSAC Report 2012

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Alphabet Soup – Top Terms You Need to Know

Alphabet Soup – Top Terms You Need to Know

The Right to be Safe In School: Advocacy and Litigation Strategies to Combat the Use of Restraint and Seclusion.

This manual is intended as a practice guide for attorneys and advocates representing children with disabilities who have been injured or damaged by such unsound techniques in the educational setting.

Kinship Care Legal Handbook: A Guide for Relative Caregivers

This handbook provides a wealth of information for relatives who are caring for children. Topics include custody, benefits, education.

CBHA: Comprehensive Behavioral Health Assessments for Children In State Care

The purpose of this memo is to provide basic information
on CBHAs so that all players in the child welfare system will know what a CBHA is, what it covers, how to obtain one and how to use it. Prepared by the Children’s Legal Services Grantees of the Florida Bar Foundation. CBHA Packet

Technical Assistance Paper on Educational Surrogate Parents

The purpose of this paper is to assist local school districts, agencies and those agencies under contract with the Department of Education (DOE), that provide education services to students with disabilities in the implementation of the surrogate parent rule. (January 2004) Technical Assistance Paper on Educational Surrogate Parents

Interagency Agreements: Improving Educational Outcomes for Florida’s Children in Foster Care

Report on the creation and implementation of local agreements between foster care agencies and school boards. Issued by Florida’s Children First and the University of Miami Children and Youth Law Clinic in July, 2007.

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