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Dependency Court Guides and Tools

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)

Relative Caregivers Project (Legal Aid of Palm Beach County) - Spanish, Creole

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

Psychotropic Medications Judicial Reference Guide (Fl Courts, 2010)

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

Additional Guides and Tools

Engaging Parents in Child Abuse and Neglect Hearings lessons Learned from Judicial Leaders (NCJFCJ, 2019)

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

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

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

Engaging Noncustodial Fathers in Child Welfare Cases: A Guide for Children's Attorneys and Lawyer GAL (2011) - 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)