Foundation grants to provide legal aid to children and families

first_img Foundation grants to provide legal aid to children and families April 1, 2006 Regular News Foundation grants to provide legal aid to children and familiescenter_img Children with disabilities. Children ensnared in custody battles. Children denied proper medical care or special education. Children stuck in foster care. Families ravaged by domestic violence. All are clients at the Children’s Advocacy Center at the Florida State University College of Law.Thanks to two grants totaling $100,000 from The Florida Bar Foundation, more children and their families will be represented at one of the nation’s leading legal internship programs, where the mission is to instill in law students a sense of professional responsibility toward poor children and to create a pool of future lawyers trained and motivated to do pro bono work for children.“A little bit of legal aid goes a long way, whether for a child or an adult, but legal aid for a child can have an astounding and almost immediate impact for good,” said Foundation President William H. Davis, a Tallahassee lawyer who noted the Foundation has awarded more than $1.1 million for other children’s legal programs throughout Florida.The Foundation’s gift to FSU includes a $75,000 Children’s Legal Services Grant and a $25,000 Law School Civil Clinic Grant.At FSU, the center is divided into the Children’s Section, directed by Clinical Professor Paolo Annino, and the Domestic Violence/Family Law Advocacy Section, directed by Clinical Professor Ruth Stone.“Without legal advocacy, children’s health and special education rights will not be enforced, and they will not receive the health care and special education that they need to flourish or even get by in life,” said Annino.Grateful for the Foundation’s continued support, Stone said: “This new grant allows us to increase our representation of other underserved populations in our area, including persons referred to us by the local battered women’s shelter, the domestic violence hotline, legal aid, and other agencies referring indigent people who would not otherwise receive legal representation.”last_img

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