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

DCF and CBC lead agencies have a fiduciary duty to protect the funds of children in state care and to ensure that they are used for their short and long-term needs. Attorneys and guardians ad litem play important role in making sure the funds are used appropriately and saved when possible. This session will review the law, policy, and practice on securing and spending funds as well as options for long-term savings for children with disabilities.

Co-hosted by Florida’s Children First Speakers:

Robin Rosenberg – Florida’s Children First

Travis Finchum – Special Needs Attorneys, P.A.

Melissa Lader Barnhardt – Comerica Bank

Training Guide
PowerPoint Slides
CLE Number: 2108663N


CLE: 2.0 General
Certification Credits: 1.0 Elder Law, 2.0 Juvenile Law
Approval period: 10.28.2021 – 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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