2018 Florida Guardian ad Litem Disabilities Training Conference "What's Your Super Power?"

Course description

This presentation will provide a framework for AALs appointed from the CWSN’s Registry, GAL volunteers, best interest attorneys, Department personnel, health care providers, and testifying experts regarding issues arising with hearsay issues with children with disabilities. 

We will discuss the relevant statutes, caselaw, and issues that arise on appeal regarding the child victim hearsay exception. 

Given the recent influx of parents’ TPR appeals that raise child hearsay issues, this presentation is timely and important for AALs and GALs on the “front lines” of these cases.  

Speakers: Kelly Swartz, Sara Goldfarb

Guardian ad Litem  State Office

Guardian ad Litem State Office

Legal Counsel

Guest Presenters: 

  • Kristen Solomon, Esquire - Statewide Director of Operations 
  • Camille Frazer, Esquire - Regional Legal Counsel Southern
  • Kathleen Clendining, Esquire - Managing Attorney, 15th Circuit
  • Brittany Rutan, Esquire - Managing Attorney, 9th Circuit 
Course Contents

1 Video

1.5 hrs

Course Curriculum

Protecting the Child’s Voice: Use & Application of the Child Hearsay Rule in Dependency Cases