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Kids in Foster Care: Rights, Remedies and Relationships

Presented by: Crossroads For Florida Kids, Inc. and Florida’s Children First, Inc. on October 27, 2017.

Sponsored by:  The Trial Lawyers and litigation Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association & The Hillsborough County Bar Foundation

Presenters: Robin Rosenberg, Deputy Director of Florida’s Children First; Honorable Katherine G. Essrig (Thirteenth Judicial Circuit); Crossroads Pro Bono Attorneys Stephen Todd (Senior Asst. County Attorney) and Stacy Appleton (Supervisory Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration); and Selina O’Shannon, Senior Advocate-Investigator for Disability Rights Florida

Robin Rosenberg details the legal bases for rights of children in foster care, to assist their lawyers in evaluating legal needs and planning advocacy.  Ms. Rosenberg also discusses practical tips for nurturing natural relationships in the lives of kid clients, and closes the training with a 2017 legislative update.  Honorable Katherine G. Essrig speaks about the expectations of the judiciary in dependency cases.  Stephen Todd and Selina O’Shannon address the topic of education, and Stacy Appleton presents a primer on social security benefits.

A training notebook is available for Crossroads For Florida Kids pro bono attorneys.  Contact Rosemary Armstrong to obtain one, or to learn more about becoming a Crossroads attorney, at rosemary@crossroadsfloridakids.org.

Please view Kids in Foster Care: Rights, Remedies & Relationships via the following three video links:

Kids Rights Lawyers Resposibilities

Crossroads for Florida Kids Training Video
Educating Children and Young Adults

Crossroads for Florida Kids Training Video
Social Security and 2017 Legislative Update

Crossroads partners with Florida’s Children First, Inc. :

Florida’s Children First, Inc. is a statewide organization advocating on behalf of children in foster care. Stakeholders in the foster care system should visit its website, www.floridaschildrenfirst.org, to obtain valuable information. Florida’s Children First has also created an important new website, www.FloridaDependencyLaw.org, which serves as an online community for all Florida lawyers and judges involved in delinquency and dependency. It provides resources and communication tools to assist pro bono attorneys in representing their young clients.

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