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The publications and documents included below are important to various groups involved with or affected by the Foster Care, Child Welfare or Dependency system. You are free to download these materials for use.

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Hearing Your Voice Description:  This publication by the ABA Bar Youth Empowerment Project with Florida’s Children First is intended to help youth understand the dependency court system. It answers youth’s most common questions about being placed into state care, describes all of the pertinent players, defines key terms and discusses the types of hearings that take place in dependency court.

Florida’s Children First on Education Description: In this white paper, Florida’s Children First has identified some basic goals and specific actions to accomplish the legislative intent and return Florida to leadership in education of children in out of home care. The research tells us that only when the leaders of both child welfare and education system lead by example, work together and direct their staffs to follow through will community partners implement the existing laws.  To that end, FCF proposes some activities designated to Schools, others to Child Welfare, and the remainder to Both.  We leave it to the entities to determine the particular state or local agency responsible for each item.

FAQ For Foster Youth to Adulthood Description: This document asks — and answers — 60 questions frequently asked by foster youth who are approaching adulthood. Prepared by Florida’s Children First, this document can be a guide to any foster or shelter child facing the transition out of care and into the next stage of life.

Rights and Expectations for Children and Youth in Foster or Shelter Care Description: This document, from the Florida Department of Children & Families and its community partners, sets out rights and expectations for children and youth in shelter or foster care.

Florida Department of Children & Families Strategic Direction. This document was created from Florida Governor Crist’s ethical mandate to reflect Florida’s diversity, listen to its people, and fight for its citizens. Crist’s guidance to the Department of Children & Families, through public statements, Executive Orders, and in conversations with the Secretary, focus on one overall directive: To “Do the right thing.” This document reviews that mandate.

Governor Charlie Crist created the Commission on Open Government Reform in June 2007 to review, evaluate and issue recommendations regarding Florida’s public records and public meetings laws. This report examines the issues raised during the Commission’s tenure, and makes recommendations in response to the issues identified.

A Child’s Right to Counsel: A National Report Card on Legal Representation for Abused & Neglected Children. This report from First Star and the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law studied all 50 states’ protections of the legal rights of abused and neglected children.

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Gabriel Myers Work Group Report covers the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers in an effort to determine case management and judicial decisions, as well as the contributing effects that psychotropic drugs and sexual abuse.