The latest update is great news. We are almost at the end of the legislative process.
We have completed the process in the Senate on the “Adoption Intervention Bill (SB 590) and it should go over to the House in messages.
House Bill 673 is on the agenda on the Health and Human Services Committee at 1 PM in the House Office Building, Room 17.
After this committee meeting the bill will go to the House floor. I anticipate they will table the bill and take up SB 590.
Below is a excerpt from the – STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS (LATE AFTERNOON EDITION): TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2016 THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
ADOPTION CHANGES GET UNANIMOUS SENATE SUPPORT
The Florida Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill aimed at allowing judges to take the “best interests” of children into account when making adoption decisions. Sponsor Nancy Detert, R-Venice, said current law allows biological parents to influence where their children will be placed in adoption cases. She said the bill (SB 590) would change the law to let judges consider the best interests of children. “Current law permits even a parent who has murdered a spouse, committed egregious acts against their children or who wishes to punish a foster parent that has provided a caring home for their child for a lengthy period of time … to choose who their child will be placed with, without requiring the court to consider what is in the best interest of the child, as it would for any other child in the dependency system,” Detert said. A similar House bill (HB 673), filed by Rep. Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, is scheduled to be heard Thursday in the House Health & Human Services Committee. “This bill will allow more kids to get adopted who have been abused, neglected and abandoned,” Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Chairwoman Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, said Tuesday before Detert’s bill was approved.
Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director Florida Guardian ad Litem Program