Children’s legal services grants available Children’s legal services grants available October 15, 2005 Regular News Applications for 2006 children’s legal services grants were recently distributed by The Florida Bar Foundation to legal assistance providers in Florida.The Foundation expects to distribute approximately $1,151,000.“Children in poverty in Florida have critical needs for legal assistance,” said John Thornton, chair of the Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee. “Often children in foster care do not get the protection and services to which they are entitled unless they have legal representation. A child needing special education may not get that help without an attorney.”Thornton said these grants, although inadequate, help solve those problems.“A growing number of lawyers in Florida are making a difference for children by making contributions to the Foundation’s children’s legal services program and by performing pro bono work,” he said. “New funds from the Kids Deserve Justice license plate are a boost for this program. We are pleased to be able to increase our funding for children in 2006.”Currently, 15 programs receive children’s legal services grants, which assist low-income children with problems involving dependency, foster care, access to special education services, other educational issues, and access to health services.Applicants who are not current grantees must contact Foundation staff for information on submitting a concept paper prior to submitting an application.Grant application packages are available by contacting Andrea Horne at (800) 541-2195, or by e-mail at [email protected] flabarfndn.org. Applications must be received by the Foundation by October 31 and the Foundation board will award the grants December 9.