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Florida Adoption Bill Would Allow Judges to Overrule Birth Parent Wishes

A bill has been introduced to the Florida legislature that would give judges the ability to make a decision in the interests of an adopted child – even if it goes against the desires of the birth parents. The bill was unanimously approved in both the House and the Senate, and now it will move on to be reviewed by the governor.

The proposal was initially introduced to clear up some inconsistencies in current Florida statutes. While birth parents can and should have a say in who adopts their child, this bill would only apply to extenuating circumstances. If passed, the bill would also protect the interests of children in foster care.

With the introduction of this bill, the state of Florida is moving in a direction to ensure that its laws serve the well-being of adopted children in all situations.

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