The Florida Young Lawyers Division, in collaboration with the Florida Bar Foundation and the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association, has launched a program to help fill the access to justice gap for low-income families in Florida by providing short, online training (CLE credit) for attorneys. With this training, attorneys can assist children and families to secure non-contested, routine temporary custody orders that will allow children in the state of Florida to obtain the care and resources children need.
In many families parents are not able to care for and act on behalf of their children because they lack the means. This may be because the parent is disabled, dealing with an illness, on military deployment, or incarcerated. Children rely on loving adults and nourishment to grow and thrive. Yet, often a family member serving as a temporary caregiver has not completed the proper paperwork to ensure that the caregiver is able to take the necessary actions to meet the child’s needs at home, school, and in health care settings. With a temporary relative custody order in place, the child’s extended family member, often a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or older sibling, will have the legal ability to perform basic parental functions, such as enrolling the child in school, meeting with teachers, consenting to basic medical care, and meeting with medical providers. The program is designed to put children on solid ground by providing a child the resources the child needs to ensure the child’s education, housing, and health issues are being met.
The Youth on Solid Ground Pro Bono Project is designed to help any attorney make an enormous impact in the life of a child with the commitment of only a few hours of time. The project provides attorneys with training to assist families in obtaining a temporary custody order and puts attorneys in contact with local pro bono coordinators to assist families and children in need of a temporary custody order.
Attorney’s interested in helping should visit https://flayld.org/youth-on-solid-ground/ to sign up. There are only two steps on the website, then the attorney is ready to help:
STEP 1: View a Free Training Seminar with CLE Credit
At the Youth On Solid Ground Pro Bono Project Website there is a training video that will give the attorney the training needed. The attorney will also get 2.5 hours of CLE credit for the 1.5 hour training session.
STEP 2: Sign up to Assist
After the attorney is trained, the attorney can click the link on the website to find the pro bono coordinator in the attorney’s area.