H.C. v. Department of Children and Families, 2014 WL 3805524 (Fla. 5th DCA)

The mother appeals the final order entered by the trial court denying her motion to re-open her children’s dependency case in order to modify the trial court’s previously entered order placing children in permanent guardianship with their paternal grandparents.

The Fifth District Court of Appeal  affirmed the trial court’s order because, contrary to the mother’s claim otherwise, it is the parent’s burden of proving that the safety, well-being, and physical, mental, and emotional health of the child(ren) would not be endangered by reunification; the Department of Children and Families has no burden of proof in reunification proceedings.

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