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College for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators

“College for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators” and offers information for students with disabilities and their families to find resources to help with their dream of a college education. There are many pathways to achieve independence through higher education, and Maryville University has created this helpful “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) […]

Youth Efficacy/Empowerment Scale – Mental Health & Youth Participation in Planning Scale Packet – English & Spanish

This packet contains introductory information about two scales meant to help you measure youth empowerment and participation.  The Youth Efficacy/Empowerment Scale – Mental Health was designed to assess youth perceptions of efficacy with respect to managing their mental health conditions as well as utilizing services and supports.  The Youth Participation in Planning Scale assesses youth […]

US Department of Education: New Foster Care Transition Toolkit Offers Tips for Helping Foster Youth Succeed as Adults

The U.S. Department of Education today released a new toolkit to inspire and support current and former foster youth pursuing college and career opportunities. The Foster Care Transition Toolkit includes tips and resources intended to help foster youth access and navigate social, emotional, educational and skills barriers as they transition into adulthood. Currently, there are […]

Supporting Youth In Foster Care: Making Healthy Choices

This guide is designed to help you learn more about treatment for youth in foster care who have experienced trauma and are working to improve their mental health. Chapters 2 and 3 can help you better understand trauma and treatments for trauma. Chapters 4 and 5 talk about strategies for helping youth. Read: Supporting Youth In […]

Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children

View Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children

Parenting with a Disability – Know Your Right

View Parenting with a Disability – Know Your Right

Out of the Shadows: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Through Cross System Collaboration

This report highlights the research on the disparities that exist between LGBTQ foster youth and their non-LGBTQ peers, as well as the compounding effects these factors have in relation to other intersecting factors including race, ethnicity, culture and language. It also discusses successful policy strategies and state examples of efforts that are addressing system and practice obstacles. Out of the Shadows: […]

Adult Adoption Resources

This Appendix contains the forms needed and other useful information for Adult Adoption. View the Adult Adoption Appendix PDF or Word versions.

Juvenile Record Expunction Update: Know Your Rights

This law (SB 386) drops the automatic expunction age from 24 to 21. It also allows some young adults to seek expunction of their juvenile records prior to age 21 – if they haven’t committed a crime within the last 5 years. Additionally, it removes the 12-month limitation on seeking expunction of juvenile diversion records. […]

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 […]

Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities 2012 – Statistics & Interventions

Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities 2012 – Statistics & Interventions

INFOGRAPHIC: The Truth About ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

Infographic: The Truth About ACEs by RWJF on RWJF.org

Stolen Future-Foster Youth Identity Theft

Stolen Future -The foster care system in the United States serves approximately 700,000 youths. Every year over 26,000 of those children age out of foster care. As those youths transition into adulthood, good credit is essential. If a foster youth’s credit has been damaged by identity theft, then that young person may not be able to get a job, apply for student loans, obtain […]

Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents

This factsheet was written for foster parents to help them learn about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks they face, and the important role that foster parents can play in reducing those risks. The factsheet outlines specific actions that foster parents can take to create […]

ILSAC Report 2012

Click here to view the full report

Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children

National Council on Disability September 27, 2012 Read the Full Report Here  

Top Ten Actions Florida Can Take to Eliminate the Unnecessary Use of Psychotropic Medications

Top Ten Actions Florida Can Take to Eliminate the Unnecessary Use of Psychotropic Medications

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in Florida

A Guide for Judges, Lawyers, and Child Advocates. Click for the complete PDF.

Adoption Tax Credit Information

Learn more about the recent changes to the IRS d the forms and requirements for obtaining adoption tax credits.

Psychotropic Medications and Children in Foster Care: Tips for Advocates and Judges

The ABA Center on Children and the Law published this public policy brief to assist advocates and judges who work with children and youth who are prescribed psychotropic medication

When a Parent Is Incarcerated: A Primer for Social Workers

This publication provides information for public child welfare agencies and social workers when working with incarcerated parents and their children.

Rights and Resources Guide:

This booklet informs pregnant and parenting youth in foster care of their Rights and Resources. Published by the National Crittenton Foundation

The National Crittenton Foundation

The National Crittenton Foundation supports girls, young women, and their families living at the margin of the American dream overcome major obstacles rooted in circumstances not of their own making

The Florida Kinship Center

The Florida Kinship Center empowers, served and advocates for kinship caregivers and their families.

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.

Adult Adoption: Creating Life Long Family Bonds and Legal Connections

Many young people are discouraged about adoption because they think they’ve missed the change to connect with forever family. But it’s never too late! This brochure explains the Florida law on adult adoptions. The separate appendix provides the documents and forms for adult adoptions.

Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association

The Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association (FSFAPA) is a statewide membership group for all foster and adoptive parents in Florida. All foster and adoptive parents in the State of Florida are automatically members of FSFAPA

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

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