Florida’s Children First, Inc. was founded in 2002 by attorneys from across Florida who were working on issues affecting Florida’s most vulnerable children. The founders came from private practice, law school clinics, and legal aid organizations. They knew that if they combined their resources and worked together they could achieve greater reform in the systems that affect children. With assistance from the Florida Bar Foundation, they formed Florida’s Children First as a non-profit legal services organization.
Today, the FCF Board and Advisory Board are comprised of attorneys, subject-matter experts and other professionals who lend their time and talent to make FCF successful.
FCF staff, board members, volunteers, and advocates devote their time to ensure that each child in care or in an at-risk situation will have a voice that is heard when decisions are made. We use legislative and policy advocacy, executive branch education and advocacy, training and technical assistance to lawyers and Guardians Ad Litem representing children, public awareness, and filing of amicus briefs as strategies to improve child-serving systems.