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Florida Statues: Chapter 39


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Click Here to View the 2016 Florida GAL Dependency Practice Manual




 Click here to view the Defending Best Interests Practice Guide


Dependency Bench Book, This benchbook is a compilation of promising and science-informed practices as well as a legal resource guide. It is a comprehensive tool for judges, providing information regarding legal and non-legal considerations in dependency cases.

Fostering Health: The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Youth Transitioning from Foster Care, Wilson-Simmons, R., Dworsky, A., Tongue, D., Hulbutta, M. (2016).  New York: National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

The Keys to Independence   The Florida Keys to Independence Act was signed into law in 2014.  It is targeted at youth in licensed foster care between the ages of 15 to 21.  The Act created a 3-year pilot project.  The Department of Children and Families  selected  Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCFL) to operate and manage the program for the entire state.  The pilot project will reimburse youth and caregivers for the costs associated with driver’s education, driver’s licenses and other costs related to getting a driver’s license as well as motor vehicle insurance.  It is important that the youth, caregiver, case manager and others involved with the youth have a discussion about the readiness of the youth to get their drivers license and that it be included in the youth’s transition plan. When visiting the Keys to Independence website you will find resources, learn how to apply, get insurance and learn how to get reimbursed.

#JustAdulting  Once you turn 18 years old, you are legally considered an adult in this country. But what does that actually mean? From the right to cast your vote in the next election to entering into a lease for your first apartment to serving on a jury, you are about to enter a new and exciting world of rights, responsibilities, and obligations. The Florida Bar’s #JustAdulting Legal Survival Guide is key in understanding how the law will impact your daily life.

Federal Statutory Resources

Thomas-U.S. Congress on the Internet

Protect Our Kids Act of 2012

The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

ASFA:  Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, Including Adoption Opportunities and the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act, as Amended by P.L. 111-320, The CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010

Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (Chafee Act)

ICWA:  Indian Child Welfare Act — 25 U.S.C., ch. 21

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351)

The Affordable Care Act

Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 (PDF Document)

ICPC:  Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children — The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2002

ADA:  Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101-12189

FERPA:  Family Education Rights Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g

HIPPA:  Health Insurance Portability Act (1996)

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008

Legal Writing Resources

It is essential that every lawyer be able to research and write clearly and effectively and in accordance with the rules of the lawyer’s jurisdiction. Effective legal writing allows the lawyer to communicate their client’s perspective in a manner that is clear to all parties. By following basic rules of grammar and usage, organizational, and research and writing techniques, the writing process is both effective and unambiguous to the parties involved.

Uniform Citation Reference (2015).  Use this quick reference page as an easy reminder of Florida Uniform Citation Rules.

Florida Style Manual, Florida State University Law Review (2010). The Manual supplements the uniform citation system for Florida legal documents, Rule 9.800, Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the standard citation authority for American legal journals, The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (16th edition).