Taylor Greenberg

  • Hosted by Bay Area Legal Services Inc.
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Service location Tampa, Florida
  • Issue area Children/Youth
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Taylor is improving outcomes for teenagers in group home foster care by providing holistic, client-directed representation, holding “Know Your Rights” trainings, and collaborating with attorneys for children across Florida.

Numerous national studies have shown that children have better outcomes when they grow up in families. Despite this, one in three teenagers nationwide is living in group home foster care, and in Hillsborough County, over 100 teenagers reside in group home foster care. Teens in group homes are less likely to graduate from high school or ever find a permanent home, are more likely to become involved in criminal activity, become victims of human-trafficking, and suffer further physical abuse. This project addresses the gap in the representation of teenagers in group home foster care to ensure their legal rights are protected and their voices are heard.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past year, Taylor has:

  • Provided full representation to 18 clients in foster care, holistically advocating for clients on education matters and in dependency proceedings
  • Successfully advocated for over half of all clients represented to be removed from group home care and placed with families
  • Held “Know Your Rights” training sessions, reaching hundreds of youth and adults
  • Presented about her project at a community-wide meeting attended by the Department of Children and Families and their subcontracted agencies, judges, lawyers, child welfare providers, and others
  • Ensured clients with disabilities have access to necessary services within the school system while in foster care
  • Successfully defended clients’ rights to receive benefits when aging out of foster care

Next Steps

In the next year, Taylor plans to:

  • Continue advocating for clients in the courtroom and the education system
  • Continue holding “Know Your Rights” trainings for teenagers in foster care and child welfare providers
  • Collaborate with attorneys for children to create systemic change for teenagers in foster care

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