Northeast Florida Free Training

Please join Florida’s Children First for a free training covering the issues of Arrest & Conviction of Dependent Children

This training will help participants understand what happens to children when they are arrested and charged in juvenile and adult court.  It will give special attention to the treatment of children in the dependency system and offer suggestions as to how child welfare staff, caregivers,  GALs and children’s lawyers can help make sure these youth get the supports and services they need while incarcerated and after release. The training will address:

1.  The consequences of arrest and convictions – and resources available to help kids.

2.  Juvenile vs. adult charges – how you can help get charges not filed or reduced.

3.  Legal obligations of the state to provide services to kids in state custody.

4.  Provision of services to kids in the community.

5.  Special needs of “crossover” kids (open dependency case as well as charged).

Who Should Attend: Attorneys, GALs, Caregivers, Caseworkers, Supervisors, and other individuals who work directly with youth.

Date:         Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 1-4pm

Place:        Jacksonville Children’s Commission

1095 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32206

Directly register here


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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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