Florida's Children First

Lifelong Connections: How to Facilitate Open Contact in Foster Care and Adoption – Recorded 6.15.22

Adoption attorney Maria Bates, members of Florida Youth SHINE, and an adoptive mom will explore the importance of maintaining connections to birth family for youth adopted from state care. The session will prepare participants to facilitate…

Lawyering by Design: Defining High-Quality Legal Representation in Partnership with Youth – Recorded 6.9.22

Review the 10 primary duties for children’s attorneys and explain the lived experience perspectives that shaped each one. Special focus will be given to areas that pose the greatest potential for the field (ex. sharp increase in out of-court client contact)…

Beyond Adoption Finalization: Subsidies, Health Insurance, APD, SSI, Advanced Planning, and Other Supports for Special Needs Families – Recorded 11.17.21

This training is geared to attorneys who have or may be asked to finalize an adoption from foster care. It will also be useful for others in the system who want to know what should be happening in adoption finalizations. Topics include…

Master Trust, ABLE Accounts & Special Needs Trusts: Tools You Can Use to Ensure Youth’s Funds are Available to Meet Their Needs – Recorded 10.28.21

This training is geared to attorneys who have or may be asked to finalize an adoption from foster care. It will also be useful for others in the system who want to know what should be happening in adoption finalizations. Topics include…

Foster Care Adoption Finalization: Going beyond paper pushing to ensure your clients are protected with Maria Bates – Recorded 7.9.21

This training is geared to attorneys who have or may be asked to finalize an adoption from foster care. It will also be useful for others in the system who want to know what should be happening in adoption finalizations. Topics include…

2021 Florida Child Welfare Legislative Update – Recorded 6.28.21

Florida’s 2021 Legislative Session resulted in the passage of two bills that will have a significant impact on Florida’s child welfare system. A handful of other bills also…

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…

2020 Tech Tuesday Training (Child Welfare Online Resources) – Recorded 9.22.20

A 90-minute tour of several websites that provide a wealth of information you can use when working with children and families involved in the child welfare system…

2020 Child Welfare Legislative Update – Recorded 7.31.20

Florida’s 2020 Legislative Session resulted in the passage of several bills that affect Florida’s child welfare system. High profile bills like Jordan’s Law and the DCF Accountability Act made the news. Others that…

Training Videos: Call Me Call – Helping Young Clients Learn How to Reach You

Jessica Rae, an avid child advocate and children’s right attorney in Florida, has created a few videos to help attorneys taking on dependency cases. In this video, she shares a few of her tips teaching your child clients how to reach you.

Training Videos: Initial Client Interview

Jessica Rae, an avid child advocate and children’s right attorney in Florida, has created a few videos to help attorneys taking on dependency cases. In this video, she shares a few of her tips for meeting and interviewing child clients.

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.

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