adoption

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When a baby is getting adopted, the state seals their original birth certificate and they’re issued a new one. According to the Bureau of Vital Statistics, in Florida, adult adoptees can’t get their original birth certificate without consent from both their adoptive and birth parents. However, a bill by Rep. Richard Stark (D-Weston) seeks to change that. 

Florida Guardian ad Litem Program

More than 400,000 American children are in foster care, and 25,000 of them are in Florida. Their average length of stay is 25.3 months, according to the Ackerman Institute for the Family – and they have rates of post-traumatic stress disorder similar to veterans of war.

Shannon Carroll owns and operates Redemptive Love Farm in Tallahassee. She and her husband have adopted 7 children and fostered many more.

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Governor Rick Scott says he wants about $200 million for Florida families who adopt foster kids.

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Over the past 15 years, about 50,000 Florida kids have been adopted so far. But, the head of the state’s child welfare system has mixed feelings on that number.

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Florida’s Guardian Ad Litem program got a boost in this year’s legislative session. Volunteers are working to raise awareness and support for the program.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a number of measures into law, including one aimed at helping address Florida’s backlog of untested rape kits. It’s a major priority for Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Governor Scott flanked by House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (left) Senate President Andy Gardiner (right) and Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner (far right).
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Time is running out for Florida Gov. Rick Scott to have his say on a number of bills.  If Scott does nothing the legislation becomes law.

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Just days after the full Florida House approved a plan ceremoniously allowing LGBT couples to adopt, a house committee has passed a bill that would let state-funded adoption agencies deny adoptions to families who don’t abide the agency’s religious or moral beliefs. Activists say the measure is a clear attempt to block same sex families from adopting.