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Foster Child Attorney Praises Governor Scott for Signing Dependent Child Bill

June 26th, 2014   No Comments   Advocacy, Dependency

Comments from North Florida foster child advocacy attorney Gloria W. Fletcher, who also is Vice President of Florida’s Children First, the state’s premier child advocacy organization, were published in a press release from Florida Governor Rick Scott. The governor’s announcement discussed his signing of House Bill 561, which requires the appointment of an attorney to represent dependent children who have special needs, unless a pro bono attorney represents the child.

Ms. Fletcher had high praise for a number of advocates and lawmakers who sponsored, backed or supported this important bill. Read Gov. Scott’s release here.

In her comments regarding Gov. Scott, Ms. Fletcher wrote, “It takes more than leadership to sign a bill that will help a constituency who cannot vote, has no money to donate to campaigns, and may never know the heroes who came to their aid. But that’s the true definition of character.

“Governor Scott, and the legislators who backed the bill to provide counsel for the state’s dependent children with special needs, epitomized leadership. The children who will be served by this legislation are Florida’s most vulnerable and defenseless citizens.

“Children before this legislation had no voice,” she continued. “Now, they will during critical proceedings that decide their futures. This was done for all the right reasons by people who have proven their passion and concern for the most vulnerable children in the state’s care. It stands as an example we can be proud of today, and it will be a lasting part of these leaders’ legacies long after they’ve left public office.”

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