Florida's Children First

Dependency – Step by Step

Dependency Step by Step is a 3 hour training (broken into 7 parts) that provides an overview of dependency court to attorneys who are willing to represent children in dependency proceedings. The training was presented for Florida’s Children First by Jessica Rae, an attorney with the Community Law Program in St. Petersburg.  Viewers should read the Case Studies and have the slides available for reference to get the most out of this training.


The pdf document linked on this page has both the Case Studies and the power point slides that are referenced in the video.  It also has the CLE information.  You may view the video by clicking on the links below, or by opening the links in the pdf document.

Click here for PART 1: Preliminary Issues (slides 1-20) 25 minutes

Click here for PART 2: Shelter & Arraignment (slides 22-43) 21 minutes

Click here for PART 3: Adjudication & Disposition (slides 44-69, case study Dawn & Eddy) 28 minutes

Click here for PART 4: Judicial Reviews (slides 72-82, case study Bryan) 24 minutes

Click here for PART 5: Permanency Hearings (slides 85-97, case study Abby) 20 minutes

Click here for PART 6:  Termination of Parental Rights (slides 99-115, case study Cassian) 21 minutes

Click here for PART 7: Adoption & Initial Client Meetings (slides 117-119, 32, 33) 9 minutes


To view the training in its entirety, click the link below. The video opens with an overview of the Dependency System – Ethics & Issues Representing Child Clients by Robin Rosenberg, Deputy Director of Florida’s Children First.

Click here to view the entire training in one segment


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