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May 15, 2013
How to help

Consider a charitable donation to help provide legal assistance to Florida’s most vulnerable children.

Eugene Pettis “The Children’s Legal Services donations from last year’s fee statement totaled more than $206,000 — enough to fund three full-time children’s legal services attorneys,” said Bar President-elect Eugene Pettis. “This year, I challenge Bar members to increase their donations. The Foundation does not deduct any administrative expenses from these grants, with 100 percent of your donation going to help children who need legal assistance.”

Florida Bar Foundation Children’s Legal Services grants support legal assistance to poor children in critical areas that affect their safety, well-being, and future development. Children’s Legal Services includes help for foster children and children in need of health benefits or special educational assistance.

Bar members can support Children’s Legal Services by adding a donation to their Bar fee statement total. Last year lawyers contributed enough to serve roughly 286 low-income children. This year’s goal is to raise $350,000, making it possible for Bar members to fund legal assistance to 486 children, or 200 more than last year. Because of the significant drop in IOTA revenue, which has reduced funds available for Children’s Legal Services, your contribution is more important than ever.

Your donation of $100 — or any amount — will help support children in need in your community and in communities across the state.

For more information or to give online, visit

[Revised: 11-25-2017]