In 2012, a 17-year-old girl was arrested in Hillsborough County along with an adult and faced felony charges in adult court.

Rosemary Armstrong, who had won the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award that year, had just set up Crossroads for Florida Kids to coordinate pro bono representation for foster kids in the dependency and juvenile courts.

At the new organization’s first training session, 13th Circuit Judge Ralph Stoddard was one of the speakers and he said help was needed for the girl, who was in his “crossover” court, that is a child in the dependency system who was now facing criminal charges.

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