Florida's Children First

The Law Firm Consortium on Children’s Rights

The Law Firm Consortium on Children’s Rights was founded to convene child advocacy stakeholders in collaboration to ensure that children in Florida, along with other parties, receive high-quality representation in the court cases that deal with the fundamental issues in their lives.   Founding firms Akerman, Baker McKenzie, Carlton Fields, and Holland & Knight invite you to join us in […]

Making Healthy Choices: A Guide for Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care

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Measuring the Impact of Children’s Rights to Counsel: Advancing Child Due Process and Well-being in the Juvenile Court Ecology

Measuring the Impact of Children’s Rights to Counsel: Advancing Child Due Process and Well-being in the Juvenile Court Ecology describes the potential outcomes for children and juvenile court systems by guaranteeing client-directed counsel for all children in dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings, as well as the challenges jurisdictions face in seeking to measure the […]

Engaging Youth in Court: A National Analysis 2015

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The Miami Child Well-Being Court Model(TM): A Handbook for Clinicians

This technical assistance brief intended to serve as an introductory guide for communities seeking an overview of the Miami CWBC(TM) model and a roadmap of key steps to take in support of implementation, maintenance, and sustainability of the model. Author: Jennifer Goldman Fraser, PhD, Cecilia Casanueva, PhD  

The Miami Child Well-Being Court Model(TM) : Essential Elements and Implementation Guidance

This technical assistance brief intended to serve as an introductory guide for communities seeking an overview of the Miami CWBC(TM) model and a roadmap of key steps to take in support of implementation, maintenance, and sustainability of the model. Author: Jennifer Goldman Fraser, PhD, Cecilia Casanueva, PhD,  

Interagency Agreement to Coordinate Services for Children Served by Multiple Agencies

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Department of Education (DOE), Department of Health (DOH), Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program, and Florida’s Office of Early Learning (FOEL), enter into this Interagency Agreement to coordinate services and supports for […]

New Online Resource by Florida’s Children First – F4CF!!

Florida’s Legal Online Resource, Information Driven Access – F4CF is a resource for all attorneys and judges who work in the child welfare and juvenile delinquency arenas. Any lawyer or judge who registers can use this online network, for free. F4CF will create an instant community of lawyers who are focused on child welfare, juvenile […]

ILSAC Report 2012

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National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System (QIC-ChildRep)

In October 2009, the U.S. Children’s Bureau named the University of Michigan Law School the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System (QIC-ChildRep). The QIC-ChildRep is a six-year, multimillion dollar project to gather, develop and communicate knowledge on child representation, promote consensus on the role of the child’s legal representative, and provide […]

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

Nova Law Review: The Kids Aren’t Alright

THE KIDS AREN’T ALRIGHT: EVERY CHILD SHOULD HAVE AN ATTORNEY IN CHILD WELFARE PRO-CEEDINGS IN FLORIDA

Renewing the call for lawyers for foster children

To fully appreciate the impetus for creating the Regis Little Subcommittee of the Legal Needs of Children Committee of The Florida Bar, you have to know the story about its namesake. A foster child who had recently “aged out of the system,” Regis Little was 18 when he was found stabbed to death in a […]

First Star: A Child’s Right to Counsel

This Report Card presents a survey of whether and how each state’s laws mandate effective legal representationfor maltreated children. Our survey and grades reflect state statutes or statewide rules. Where available, otherinformation about a state’s practices (which may deviate from the laws) is provided in “sidebar notes,” but thisinformation does not impact a state’s overall […]

Dependency – Step by Step

This training is intended to provide an overview of dependency court to attorneys who have volunteered to represent children in dependency proceedings.

Legal Representation of Dependent Children: A 2012 Report on Florida’s Patchwork System

This report examines how Florida’s system of child representation evolved, which children are supposed to get representation today and which communities provide counsel to children. It also provides a list of the programs that provide counsel for children in each judicial circuit and shows what percentage of children in each community potentially have access to […]

Center on Children and Families: University of Florida Levin College of Law

The mission of the Center on Children and Families is to promote the highest quality of advocacy, teaching and scholarship in the areas of child & family law and policy.

National CASA Association

CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA was created to use trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court. Today more than 900 CASA programs are in operation, with 70,000 women and men serving as CASA volunteers.

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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