New Adoption Law Puts Children First
April 22, 2016
On March 23, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Child’s Best Hope Act. The new law allows judges to make decisions regarding adoption intervention using the child’s (or children’s) best interest standard, the standard upon which the Guardian ad Litem charity was founded. Previously, the court was only permitted to determine whether the placement was fit and proper, being forced to disregard whether or not the placement was in the child’s best interest. Now, starting July 1, 2016, dependency judges can weigh in all relevant factors to a case and choose the situation best for the child. Christine Meyer, supervising attorney for GAL, shared the impact of this new law on WJCT’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.
Press play to listen to Christine Meyer’s appearance on the April 7 show. (If the audio does not load properly, you can stream the interview directly from the WJCT First Coast Connect page. Guardian ad Litem’s segment begins at time marker 27:23.)
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