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.

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“Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Justice Prison”

BernsteinFinalAward winning author Neil Bernstein will discuss her book.

(Open To the Public)

October 27, 2014
5:30 p.m.
180 Holland Hall, Levin College of Law

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Reform of the Juvenile Justice System in Florida Panel Discussion

Featuring Christina Daly and Tim Decker

Christina Daly is the Interim Secretary,Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

Tim Decker is the Director of Missouri Children’s Division, Department of Social Services

(Open To the Public)

September 23, 2014
5:30 p.m.
180 Holland Hall, Levin College of Law


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.

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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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