Florida DCF Adopts LGBTQ Group Home Protections on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a yearly memorial to transgender people who lost their lives to violence. Reports of homicides of transgender people have increased over the last years as families and friends of trans victims refuse to allow their identities to be erased. This year in Florida we remember with sadness India Clarke from Tampa, Vanessa Santillan from Miami, […]

Case law update: TPR for medical neglect of child resulting in AIDS; adoption subsidy doesn’t offset child support

The Fifth DCA addresses the question of whether an adoption subsidy can be used to reduce child support obligations. Short answer: no. Tluzek v. Tluzek, — So.3d —- (Fla. 5th DCA 2015). The Fourth DCA affirms what appears to be an expedited termination of parental rights for medical neglect resulting in a child developing AIDS. C.S. […]

Florida Supreme Court accepts two dependency cases for review

Last week, the Florida Supreme Court accepted two dependency cases for review. I’ll write more on both later, but here is a quick overview: The first is O.I.C.L. v. Florida Department of Children and Families. This case involves a circuit split in how immigrant children are adjudicated dependent. Briefing should be complete by December 7, and […]