Center on Children & Families


Florida Supreme Court decision in assisted reproduction case

On Nov. 7, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court cited an amicus brief filed by CCF Associate Director Joseph S. Jackson in its ruling in favor of a woman whose relationship with her child was cut off by her partner. Also cited in the Supreme Court’s ruling was a Wake Forest Law Review article co-authored by Jackson and Lauren Fasig, formerly Director of Research for CCF.

The Court concluded “the State would be hard pressed to find a reason why a child would not be better off having two loving parents in her life, regardless of whether those parents are of the same sex, than she would by having only one parent,” slip op. at 39-40, and holds that Florida’s assisted reproduction statutes, as applied, violate equal protection by precluding same-sex couples from establishing their intention to conceive and jointly parent a child via assisted reproductive technology.

Jackson’s brief was filed on behalf of CCF, the University of Miami School of Law Children and Youth Law Clinic, the Nova Southeastern University Law Center Children and Families Clinic, and the Barry University School of Law Children and Families Clinic.

Read the ruling here and the brief here.


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

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Join renowned neurodevelopmental psychologist Daniel Goldowitz, Ph.D., from Vancouver, B.C., for a discussion of current, cutting-edge research on toxic stress and its effect on the developing brains of young children.

This event is by invitation only (space limited) and will include local professionals who work with children and families, along with UF academics who develop and teach curricula that affect families. Joining forces and resources, we will begin a conversation about how to transform contemporary research into practices that help all children reach their fullest potential.

2013 Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law by Dr. Pedro Noguera, NYU

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Pedro Noguera, a sociology professor from NYU, explored this often overlooked issue in the Center on Children and Families’ eighth annual Distinguished Weyrauch Lecture at UF Law, Oct. 21 in HOL 180.

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
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Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor [225kb PDF]


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