Saturday, June 17, 2006

Florida Judge Denies Adoption Request of Foster Parents – Four Years of Litigation to Continue

A Florida judge rejected the adoption petition of the former foster parents of a 4-year-old boy this past Wednesday and the child was taken into custody of the county.  This ruling is just the last in a legal action that has gone on since 2002. The court battle has been between the child’s second cousin and foster parents who cared for him as an infant. In June 2003, after the parental rights of the child’s biological parents were terminated, the foster parents were told they could adopt the child. However, in 2003 the foster parents adoption petition was rejected and in June of that year a trial judge ordered the child placed with his second cousin. Then, in June 2004, the 5th District Court of Appeal ruled that there should be an evidentiary hearing held by the trial judge and following that hearing, the child was returned to the foster parents. However, in the latest court proceeding, the trial judge once again denied the foster parents adoption petition. Another appeal is anticipated. Source.  Deborah Circelli, news-journalonline.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited June 17, 2006, reo).

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