Florida funding legal hotline to help juveniles

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — South Florida youth advocates are creating a hotline to give legal advice for juveniles in trouble with the law.

The Children's Services Council of Broward County approved funding for LAW-line, a helpline for families in need of legal information including diversion opportunities, civil citation and expunction processes. LAW-line is slated to start in October.

The organization also awarded a grant to Legal Aid for services for youth involved in both the foster care and delinquency systems.

The organization says the services will prevent more children from entering the foster care and juvenile justice systems and will allow them to advocate for the least restrictive and most appropriate educational, medical and mental health services for the youth already there.

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