Permanent Guardianship Reversal #6 and Admission is not a proper case plan task

T.C. v. DCF and J.C. and GALP v. DCF, — So.3d —- (Fla. 2nd DCA) are Number Six. (see numbers 1, 2,  3 & 4, and 5). Also, you can’t require a parent to admit to abusing their child as a case plan task. See FSA 39.6011(1) (“A parent of a child may not be threatened or coerced with […]

B.S. v. DCF – What findings are required for a single-parent termination?

Judges: Suarez, Lagoa, Salter Attorneys: Ilene Herscher for Father; Karla Perkins for DCF; Hillary Kambour for GAL. Issue: Must a court make explicit findings to justify single-parent TPR? Did the evidence support a one-parent TPR here? Thoughts: The Third DCA: “We think every issue is important.”

D.C. Court of Appeals: Adoptions Qualify for SIJ

The holding is simple: adoptions are placements for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status purposes, says the DC Court of Appeals. I think in Florida we too often rely on the dependency system for SIJ where other, simpler options exist. Under District law, “[a]ny person may petition the court for a decree of adoption.” 6 D.C.Code § […]

How to get attorneys fees in dependency cases

When I read the news lately it seems obvious that we’re experiencing a pendulum swing towards more removals of children from their homes. (“Child protection” bill filing in 3…2…) I’ve spoken with folks around the juvenile courthouse and they’re already feeling the crunch: more hotline calls, more shelters, more cases. Does that lead to less […]