In 2012, the Florida Supreme Court Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court was charged with developing and encouraging partnerships to help ensure that children involved in dependency and delinquency court cases stay in school and become less likely to be arrested, suspended or expelled. The committee determined that developing school-justice partnerships would most positively impact the system and benefit Florida’s youth. School-justice partnerships are collaborative efforts that include courts, local school boards, state agencies (such as the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Department of Education), service providers, and law enforcement agencies. Today, there are several partnerships in operation throughout Florida.
The Office of the State Courts Administrator, in conjunction with the Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court and other partnering agencies, continues to provide training and technical assistance statewide to assist local jurisdictions as they develop and implement this initiative.