Center on Children & Families


Seeds of Violence:
Toxic Stress and the Effects on the Developing Brain

Developing a Trauma Responsive Community

(Open To the Public)

November 14, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville

Neuroscience teaches us how critical environment is in shaping young brains. These influences affect who we are and what we become. Influences that are toxic weaken the architecture of the developing brain, which lead to lifelong problems in learning, behavior, and physical and mental health.

Click here for more information about this event.

SURVIVORS: Defendants/Victims of Domestic Violence Conference

Featuring Joshua Safran

The conference will focus on victims of domestic violence who became defendants in the criminal justice system as a result of their response to violence against them.

Joshua Safran was the attorney for Deborah Peagler, whose story was captured in the award winning documentary, “Crime After Crime.”

The conference is approved for seven general CLE credits and five marital and family law CLE credits.

Participants can register or RSVP for the event here.

The conference agenda can be viewed here.

October 30, 2014
3 p.m.
Chesterfield Classroom

October 31, 2014
9 a.m.
Advocacy Courtroom


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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