Children's Legal Services

Grainne O'SullivanThe Statewide Law Firm for Florida's Children Children’s Legal Services (CLS) is the Department's law firm representing the State of Florida in child welfare matters. CLS serves a number of functions:

  • providing counsel advice and technical assistance to the Family Safety program office training Protective Investigators and Community-Based Care (CBC) partners in child welfare legal issues;
  • coordinating with those Investigators and CBC partners to review potential cases and preparing those personnel as witnesses in filed cases; and
  • representing the State in court in all Chapter 39 dependency cases, at the trial court and appellate levels.

Vision:

We envision Children's Legal Services as Florida's legal authority on child welfare issues, leading the nation in advocacy of the care, safety, and protection of children and respected for its competence, dedication, and professional expertise.

Mission:

To advocate in the best interests of children to achieve permanency, stability, and security.