Children’s Legal Services Campaign
More than a million Florida children — one in four — live in poverty. Brittney’s story
Brittney was one of them.
And not only that, but she was born with life-threatening medical problems to parents who couldn’t care for her.
By the time she was 10, Brittney had been dropped by one medical foster home, deemed unadoptable by the child welfare system, warehoused in a hospital for months and kept out of school for more than a year. Through the advocacy of a lawyer funded by a Florida Bar Foundation Children’s Legal Services grant – working together with a pro bono attorney – Brittney has blossomed in her new school and has overcome the hurdles that were keeping her from a loving family eager to adopt her.
The medical, educational and mental health needs of poor and foster children often go unmet because no one is there to protect their rights to services that would substantially improve their lives and to which they are legally entitled.
The Florida Bar Foundation’s Children’s Legal Services grants support legal assistance to poor children in critical areas that affect their safety, well-being and future development. Instead of languishing in a medical foster home or an institution, Brittney is thriving as part of her new family because of a handful of people who cared. She is one of thousands of Florida children whose lives have been transformed by legal aid, but many more are still in need.
You can open doors for Florida’s most at-risk children by providing them with advocates.
Please help today. Your gift of as little as $10 a month can make a difference. Together we can make sure that Florida does not fail its neediest children.
100% of gifts to the Children’s Legal Services Campaign go directly to Children’s Legal Services grants, which are used to provide legal aid:
- for learning disabled children in need of testing and educational services required by law
- for children suspended from school or placed in the hands of juvenile justice authorities or law enforcement for behavior problems directly related to a disability
- for older foster children who do not receive mandated independent living skills training and are simply removed from state care
- for disabled children improperly denied federal disability benefits, or for foster children denied health care or mental health treatment ordered by the courts
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The Florida Bar Foundation is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Children’s Legal Services Grants
Since 1999, The Florida Bar Foundation has funded special annual grants for legal assistance to children. Starting in 2000-01, gifts to the Foundation from The Florida Bar Fee Statement have supported these grants.
The Foundation’s Children’s Legal Services grants help provide access to special education and health-care services required under law and support projects that engage pro bono attorneys in providing legal assistance for low-income children.
In 2015-16, the Foundation gave Children’s Legal Services grants totaling $926,405 to 13 children’s legal services projects to help children overcome legal barriers and pave the way for them to lead better lives and become productive adults. All funds contributed to the Children’s Legal Services Campaign provide direct support to programs that better the live of Florida’s children. No administrative fees are deducted from these contributions.
How to Make a Gift on Your Florida Bar Fee Statement:
1) Fill in the amount of your tax-deductible contribution to The Florida Bar Foundation on the front of the annual Florida Bar Fee Statement in the box next to the suggested contribution level of $100. (Larger contributions are most welcome!)
2) Add the amount of the gift to the TOTAL PAID box and include it in the check total.
Or to Give Directly to the Foundation:
Donate online or send your tax-deductible gift payable to: The Florida Bar Foundation, 875 Concourse Parkway South, Suite 195, Maitland, FL 32751. Please earmark your gift for Children’s Legal Services.
View the list of Children’s Legal Services supporters.
For more information:
Donna Marino, Director of Development
(407) 960-7000 or (800) 541-2195 (Toll free in Florida)