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  • The task of formulating effective laws and policies for children and their families is impossible without access to a comprehensive body of scholarship covering all areas of importance to children and youth. Information necessary to the study of children’s policy is often scattered among collections organized around subject matters such as anthropology, crime, domestic violence, education, law, literature, medicine, music, nursing, political science, psychiatry, social work, sociology and religion.

    Your Future Your Choice Brochure

    2014 Your Future Your Choice is now available online and is available in limited quantities in hard copy.

    Contact the CCF at CCF@law.ufl.edu for more information.

    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.

    Legal Briefs

    Thomas Kelsey v. State of Florida

    Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor

    Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor Study

    TMH v. DMT

    Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, a minor under the age of fourteen years, Birth Father, and the Cherokee Nation

    Courtney C. Schulhoff v. State of Florida

    Gill adoption case (In re Adoption of X.X.G. and N.R.G.)

    Terrance Jamar Graham v. State of Florida

    Lofton v. FDCF

    Roper v. Simmons

    State of Florida v. Tate

    Brian B. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

    Troxel v. Granville

    Research & Position Papers

    “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

    “The Shackling of Juvenile Offenders: The Debate in Juvenile Justice Policy” by Emily Banks, Anna Cowan and Lauren G. Fasig, Ph.D., JD

    “Representation of Children in a Unified Family Court System in Florida,” by Claudia Wright

    “Re-Thinking Juvenile Justice: Using the IEP Concept to Create a New Juvenile Justice Paradigm,” by Claudia Wright

    Report on the Workshop having to do with “The Role of Law Schools in the of the Unified Family Court”.

    Keynote Address by Barbara Bennett Woodhouse at The International Conference On Children’s Rights, Ministry of Education in Tokyo, Japan (November 1999).

    Article by Nancy E. Dowd, Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law.

    Juveniles Article presented by Alison Gerencser at the 10th annual Dispute Resolution Center’s “Conference for Mediators and Arbitrators: Dialogue & Diversity” (August 22, 2001).