Center on Children & Families


PODCAST: Linda Solomon of Lone Star Collaborative Divorce Training Group discusses the Importance of Collaborative Divorce Training

Congratulations to the 2015 Family Law Certificate Graduates

The Center on Children & Families would like to introduce its new Director, Shani King.

Nancy Dowd will become the Emeritus Director and will continue to play an active role in the center.


September 28, 2015 – Toxic Trauma and the Developing Brain with Teresa Drake: HOL 180; 5:30-9:00; Pizza will be served; Professor Teresa Drake will be lecturing on Toxic Trauma and the Developing Brain.

September 28-29, 2015 – Visit of Ursula Kilkelly, Head, College of Business and Law, University College, Cork, Ireland: CCF is hosting the visit of Ursula Kilkelly, a dynamic and fascinating children’s rights scholar, social justice activist, international scholar, and also an administrator at University College, Cork, Ireland, where she is Head of the College of Business and Law. (long version) (short version)

October 7, 2015The Family Law Certificate Program Informational Meeting
Center on Children & Families Director, Shani King, will describe the program, activities and provide guidance for those students interested in Family Law.
More information here.

December 9, 2015 – Trauma Training for Providers Conference, All day, FDR: IPVAC, along with CCF and Peace4Gainesville, is sponsoring another Levin College of Law/community trauma-resiliency event. This event is smaller but a natural progression of our work in creating a Trauma Responsible Community, led by Teresa Drake. This will be a one-day, invitation–only conference for the decision-makers in the lead agencies/organizations in Alachua Co. who participated in Seeds of Violence Conference. The local bar and law students will also be invited to this conference. The goal of this event is three-fold: (1) build on the research and education around Adverse Childhood Experiences; (2) continue the conversation and development of trauma-responsive prevention and services for children; and, (3) educate and train organizations providing these services regarding the need for trauma-responsive internal structures to support and retain staff and avoid re-traumatization of clients.

January 20, 2016 – Showing of Film Wounded Places, Noon, Room 382.

February 17, 2016 – Panel on the Solitary Confinement of Juveniles. Panelists include:

  • Marsha Levick, Esq., Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, co-founded Juvenile Law Center;
  • Dana Shoenberg, Esq., Deputy Director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy at Washington College of Law;
  • R. Dwayne Betts, Author “A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison”.
  • Amy Fettig, Esq., Senior Staff Counsel for the ACLU’s National Prison Project (NPP)
  • Paolo Anino, Esq., Clinical Professor and supervising attorney in the Public Interest Law Center at Florida State University
  • Jessica Feireman, Esq., Supervising Attorney, Juvenile Law Center
  • Grace Bauer, Co-Director of Justice for Families: Families Unlocking Futures.

March 11, 2016 – Youth Summit: CCF annually leads the Youth Summit, an opportunity to engage with local youth on a topic of interest to them. This project has worked with both middle school and high school students.

March 16, 2016 – Annual Weyrauch Lecture: Dorothy E. Roberts. Dorothy Roberts is an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law who joined the University of Pennsylvania as its 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Law School where she also holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander chair.

Projects and Deadlines

Center on Children and Families Projects

  • Restoration of Civil Rights (RCR):
    • September 21 @ 12pm – RCR Presentation (Democratic Women’s Club)
    • October 1 @ 5:30-7pm – RCR Workshop (Library Partnership)
    • November 12 @ 4:30-6pm – RCR Workshop (Cone Park Library)
    • December 3 @ 5:30-7pm – RCR Workshop (Tower Road Library)
  • Lawyers for Kids: Updating Representation Report
  • Juvenile Justice Project: Mobile Juvenile justice app
  • Ending the Solitary Confinement of Juveniles: Draft legislation, white papers, op-eds.

Important Deadlines/Dates for Family Law Certificate Program

10/7/2015 11am-12pm & 1:00pm – 2:00pm Family Law Certificate Info Session – Bailey Courtroom
10/23/2015 – Priority Registration Deadline

3/16/2016 11am-12pm & 1:00pm – 2:00pm Family Law Certificate Info Session – TBD
3/25/2016 – Priority Registration Deadline


CCF File Briefs with United States Supreme Court

Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

The Center on Children and Families has filed an Amicus Brief with the United States Supreme Court. The case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, a minor under the age of fourteen years, Birth Father, and the Cherokee Nation, No. 12-399, is set to decide two issues: whether a non-custodial parent can invoke ICWA to block an adoption voluntarily and lawfully initiated by a non-Indian parent under state law; and whether ICWA defines “parent” in 25 U.S.C. § 1903(9) to include an unwed biological father who has not complied with state law rules to attain legal status as a parent.

Click here to download the brief.

Emory Child Rights Project

“LGBTQ YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT SURVEY: A Joint Project on Marriage Equality of the University of Florida Center on Children and Families and the Emory Child Rights Project” by Kathryn Brightbill, Brian W. Kaufman, Margaret Riley, and Nick Vargo

Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor


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