Petition to U.S. Supreme Court on Due Process Rights of Parents.

Florida’s Children First is proud to have been the lead party in a friend of the court brief in the U.S.Supreme Court asserting that all parents should have a due process right to be heard in a child welfare case that could result in a court determining that the child had no parent.  In this case the child’s biological father who was named on the birth certificate and was present at his birth, was excluded from dependency proceedings because the child’s mother was married to a man she hadn’t seen in years.  The mother and her husband both supported the biological father’s effort to be recognized as the father.  FCF asserts that the child’s best interest is not promoted when the parent is cut out of proceedings without due process.

M.L’s Petition for Writ of Ceriorari

Friend of the Court brief by Florida’s Children First and other national and state advocacy organizations.

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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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