Florida's Children First

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 […]

Nova Law Review: The Kids Aren’t Alright


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 […]

Florida Bar Journal: Next Friends to Seek Appointment of Counsel for Dependent Children

This article was originally published in The Florida Bar Journal Volume 86, number 5, May 2012 and is reprinted with permission of The Florida Bar.

Florida among worst for representing children

by Adolfo Pesquera, DBR. A cross-section of judges and attorneys concerned about the lack of legal representation for children in dependency court gathered at Nova Southeastern University to discuss how the state might improve its record. Florida is one of 17 states that provides little to no representation for children who have been removed from […]

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 […]

The Florida Kinship Center

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

Dependency Court: Ethical Considerations. CLE presentation

September 22, 2011 FCF coordinated and facilitated a CLE presentation for the Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children.   Three hours of ethics CLE are now available on the web at: http://centervideo.forest.usf.edu/legethics/legethics.html

Adult Adoption: Brochure & Forms

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.

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.

Children’s Legal Services Conference

Two day training and conference for all Children’s Legal Services grantees of The Florida Bar Foundation. Orlando, September 15-16.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in Florida

This Guide for Judges, Lawyers, and Child Advocates provides critical information on immigration issues faced by children who were abused, abandoned, or neglected. Written by Wendi J. Adelson in collaboration with the Immigrant Children’s Legal Services Partnership and the Children and Youth Law Clinic of the University of Miami School of Law. June 2010. Click […]

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.


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