Why We Are Better


Guardianship Legal Representation of Children

Dependency courts are primarily courts of equity, not courts of law. The judge stands in the parent’s shoes to protect the child, making judicial decisions based on information received. There are two types of representation for children in the child welfare system. This document compares those two forms of representation

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Best Interest Legal Representation for Children is Better Chart

A comparison document that identifies and compares the two types of legal representation for children in foster care that includes questions and answers on how different representation matters when handling common scenarios.


Permanency Outcome Comparisons of Legal Representation of Children

A study was completed in January of 2022 that compared 33.5 months of permanency outcomes for foster children in Palm Beach County, Florida. The Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office only representation was compared to the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Attorney ad Litem representation with the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office. Two thousand twenty-one single child dependency cases within the time period achieved permanency and were reviewed. Official analysis was verified, validated and completed by iSF on January 10, 2022. The Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office only representation produced far better outcomes for Florida’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children.