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

This training is designed for foster/adoptive families, attorneys, GALs, and child welfare workers who want to ensure their children’s medical and therapeutic needs are met. The topics will include methods to identify the child’s needs, the types of programs and supports available to meet those needs, and processes for advocating for them, including adoption subsidies and advanced planning.

This is a follow-up to the July 2021 attorney training Foster Care Adoption Finalizations: Going Beyond Paper Pushing which can be viewed HERE.



CLE Number: 2107840N


CLE: 2.0 General, 0.5 Mental Illness

Certification Credits: 2.0 Juvenile Law, 2.0 Adoption Law 

Approval period: 10.22.2021 – 4.30.2023


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Alexia Nechayev

FYS Events & Meeting Chair
(Palm Beach)

Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

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