Today we were validated in pursuing what we call the “Child Best Hope” Act. Although sadly we did not prevail in an adoption intervention case for a child, the court specifically mentions that the policy concerns are being addressed by SB 590. My prayers and thoughts go out to J.R., the child involved in the intervention, and to all the caregivers who love J.R.
It’s rare that an appeals court would mention a law that fixes a problem before it is even becomes a law. The First District Court of Appeal affirmed an adoption intervention but stated, “… for what it’s worth, we note that many of the policy concerns with the statute articulated by the dependency court at the hearing below (and echoed by Appellants in their briefs) appear to have been addressed by recently-approved legislation. See Fla. CS for CS for CS for SB 590, § 2 (2016) (Enrolled) (substantially amending § 63.082(6), Fla. Stat.).”
Thanks again for your support of this legislation. Your advocacy was a big part of making sure that what is best for the child is the most important consideration for adoptions. And thanks to Senator Nancy Detert and Representative Janet Adkins for sponsoring this legislation.
You can read the case here: First DCA Opinion
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