Judge C. Alan Lawson (5DCA) appointed to Florida Supreme Court. How did he rule on child welfare cases?

  Governor Scott has appointed Judge C. Alan Lawson of the Fifth District to the Florida Supreme Court. Judge Lawson will replace Justice James E.C. Perry who has reached mandatory retirement age. News reports have focused on Judge Lawson’s conservative credentials, but I thought I would take a look  at his child welfare rulings to […]

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, […]

DCF holding workshop on Extended Foster Care and PESS rules today

The new Independent Living Program went into effect on January 1, and since that time it’s been operating without administrative rules. That’s not for lack of effort to get rules passed. Good people have been working on this: a previous round of proposed rules, which were detailed and provided lots of support to youth and […]

Now Hiring: Attorneys for Children

Florida’s dependent children finally have attorneys, or at least some of them do. Governor Scott today signed into law House Bill 561, which creates section 39.0135, entitled Appointment of an attorney for a dependent child with certain special needs, for: children who reside in or are being considered for placement in a skilled nursing home, children who have […]

Michigan Supreme Court Rules One-Parent Doctrine Unconstitutional

Take note Florida: The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that removing a child from an uncharged parent is unconstitutional. We accordingly hold that due process requires a specific adjudication of a parent’s unfitness before the state can infringe the constitutionally protected parent-child relationship. In doing so, we announce no new constitutional right. Rather, we affirm that an […]

ILSAC Meeting on Tuesday

ILSAC is meeting on Tuesday, June 3, in a webcast event. What a wonderful opportunity to express exactly how EFC has been going thus far. Independent Living Services Advisory Council Meeting Event Type: Public Meeting Date/Time: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – 13:00 to 16:00 Location: webcast event 1317 Winewood Blvd. Tallahssee  Florida  32399 United States   The purpose of the meeting […]

Florida Fifth DCA Approves Second-Parent Adoptions

In a long-awaited opinion, the Fifth District Court of Appeal (Daytona) last week held that second-parent adoptions, the adoption of a child by a gay parent’s partner, is within the jurisdiction of the courts and cannot later be challenged by the parents. The case–In re Adoption of D.P.P.–involves an unmarried lesbian couple who conceived with an […]

Florida House passes bill authorizing attorneys for special needs children

This is a first in Florida.  The corresponding Senate bill just cleared Appropriations. CS/CS/HB 561, 1st Eng. (2014) Attorneys For Dependent Children with Special Needs http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0561 HOUSE – Read 3rd time HOUSE – Amendment(s) adopted HOUSE – CS passed as amended; YEAS 118 NAYS 0