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Information and Training Resources for Child Welfare Professionals

Dependency Court Guides and Tools

Guidance Documents: Rule 8.255 - Youth in Court

Establishing Policies for Youth in Court (ABA, 2008)

Fl Supreme Court Opinion - Rule 8.255 (2012)

Guidance Document - Rule 8.255 (2012)

Legal Authority for Including Children in Court (Benchbook Tool, 2012)

Resources from the Office of the State Courts Administrator

A Caregiver's Guide to Dependency Court

A Family Guide to Dependency Court (Video)

A Parent's Guide to Dependency Court brochure (w/case plan insert)

Florida's Dependency Benchbook for Judges (Online Benchbook)

Florida's Family Court Tool Kit: Trauma and Child Development (Online Toolkit)

Hearing Your Voice: A Guide to Your Dependency Court Case (ABA, 2008)

It's All Relative (videos) - Overview of the Dependency System for Relative Caregivers (Legal Aid of Palm Beach County)

Make Your Voice Heard: A Guide to Dependency Court (Transcript)

Make Your Voice Heard: A Guide to Dependency Court (Video)

Psychotropic Medications Judicial Reference Guide (Fl Courts, 2010)

Using Science and Evidence Based Practices in the Court to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families with Services that Work (FL Model Court Webinar, 2013)

What's Happening in Dependency Court- A Guide for Young Children

Additional Guides and Tools

Bench Card for the Trauma-Informed Judge (NCTSN, 2013)

Bench Card for Court-Ordered Trauma-Informed Mental Health Evaluation of Child: Sample Addendum (NCTSN, 2013)

Birth Parents with Trauma Histories -A Guide for Judges and Attorneys (NCTSN, 2011)

Child Safety: A guide for Judges and Attorneys (2009)

CLS Quick Reference Guide: Condensed Version (2011)

Engaging Noncustodial Fathers in Child Welfare Cases: A Guide for Children's Attorneys and Lawyer GAL (2010)

F4CF.org - Florida Dependency Law Center

Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Futures - A Judges Guide (2009)

Helping Traumatized Children - Tips for Judges

Judicial Checklist Regarding Engaging Fathers

Judicial Guide to Implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (ABA Center on Children and the Law, 2011)

Lawyer's Manual on Domestic Violence: Representing the Victim (2015)

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges - Trauma Informed Systems of Care

Psychotropic Medication and Children in Foster Care: Tips for Advocates and Judges (ABA, 2011)

The CCC Preliminary Protective Hearing Benchcard (to reduce disproportionality and disparities)

Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Legal Professionals (NCSACW)