Section 39.01(51), Florida Statutes (2010), defines “party” to include “the petitioner.” Because the grandparents are petitioners in the trial court, they are not “essentially” parties, they are parties. Thus, we determine that they have standing to challenge the order. In addition, the effect of the order is to prohibit the grandfather from living with his wife, which […]
This is a different D.M. than I posted last week. There’s a clear affirmance of TPR coming here. Court: Florida Third District Court of Appeal Judges: Lagoa, Fernandez, Schwartz Attorneys: Sandford Rockowitz for the Mother; Hillary Kambour for the GAL Program; Karla Perkins for DCF (joining GAL Program’s oral argument). Issues: whether there was competent […]
Children, Families, and Elder Affairs – January 25, 2012 (podcast) (expanded agenda). Psychotropic Medication (SB 1808) – podcast audio 3:15 – 14:38 Agency for Persons with Disabilities – podcast audio 1:27:00 and on. Interesting stuff.
As predicted (at least by me), Y.A. (OA here) was PCA’d yesterday.
Well this is a definite reversal for the mother. Court: Florida Third District Court of Appeal Judges: Ramirez, Suarez, Rothenberg Attorneys: Kevin Colbert for the Mother, Denis Burger for the Father, FIU College of Law Family and Child Advocacy Clinic for minor child A.M.; Hillary Kambour for the GAL Program, Karla Perkins for DCF, another […]
Done! SB 434 is already in messages with the House. The amendments in the Senate were as follows: explicitly made DCF guardian of the person of a child in its custody updated the legislative purpose required a plan for health care coordination and “connection to a positive adult” removed $25 minimum for RTI extended adoption […]
Psychotropic Medication bills, HB 1405 and SB 1808 and have been filed in the House and the Senate. Running the bills through DiffPDF, it appears they are substantially the same as SB 2718 and HB 1567, which were filed in 2010, with some cosmetic changes. For example, both the House and the Senate bills still have […]
HB 1163 on Adoptions was filed, introduced, and referred to several committees this month. Some of the changes are subtle, some are ambitious. They include: explicit procedures for creation and enforcement of continuing contact orders and agreements (“open adoption”) an additional class of men whose consent is required for the adoption, namely the man whose […]
Court: Florida Third District Court of Appeal Judges: Shepherd, Cortinas, Lagoa Attorneys: Thomas Butler for the mother; Hillary Kambour for GAL Program; Karla Perkins for DCF (joining GAL’s OA) Issue: Whether the evidence established that termination of the mother’s rights was the least restrictive means; whether the trial court’s order made sufficient findings of least […]