Gov. DeSantis signs off on new adoption regulations
Touching moment, touch of the hand of a small child and an adult woman. Mother and child, adoptive children, adoption. A white woman and a dark skinned child. Interracial relations, multiracial family

Touching moment, touch of the hand of a small child and an adult woman. Mother and child, adoptive children, adoption. A white woman and a dark skinned child. Interracial relations, multiracial family
Visitors, background checks, and more will see big changes.

Florida’s Governor has approved a package of reforms to the state’s adoption process.

On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed off on HB 1083, which updates Florida law and processes to bring them into federal compliance and offer more safeguards and input for potential adoptees.

One significant change is that the legislation will align the Department of Children and Families’ background checks with federal requirements. After a satisfactory criminal records check, all household members have seven days to submit fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Visitors to homes are under scrutiny as well, with DCF checking the names of certain nonresidents for criminal history, including those who will be in the home for five straight days or seven days within 30 days.

The bill also establishes a process for dealing with orphans, allowing an “interested party” to “file a petition for permanent commitment.”

Additionally, the legislation creates a mechanism for emergency removals of children from permanent placement if there is probable cause to believe the child has been abused, neglected, or abandoned by the person who adopted them.

The legislation cuts in half the time needed for interim placements, down from six months to three months if the so-called “successor guardian” knows the child.

The bill also provides more financial incentives to adopt for certain people. A state employee, veteran, law enforcement officer, health care practitioner, tax collector, or service member can get $25,000 for adopting difficult-to-place children or $10,000 for children judged to be less difficult to place.

The legislation also ends public access to the statewide adoption exchange platform, limiting visibility to people who have completed or are about to complete adoptive home studies. It also allows children aged 12 or older to pick the pictures they use on the web portal.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • rick whitaker

    May 11, 2024 at 12:26 pm

    this all sounds horrible. i see the religious freaks running everything and kids getting shafted. the money offered to take in problem kids, wow, what a bad plan. desantis is now going to have more power to torture kids. remember the troubled kid that came back to the christian school in nashville to shoot the teacher that tortured her as a child by doing the christian de-programming of gay kids.

  • Rights are tight

    May 11, 2024 at 10:19 pm

    Not moving into Florida….to many laws and no notice of changes….
    I guess he is getting ready to sell off the no abortion babies 😭

  • Sundance

    May 12, 2024 at 3:24 pm

    How much does a child cost between time and money. Vs. Inflation. Insurances to help cut the cost of medical care. Housing
    transportation. Books clothes entertainments. Skills teaching etc

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 13, 2024 at 1:57 pm

    Oh Lord, what VP campaign stunt did Rhonda do to that purpy he adopted as his own campaign stunt back when pre tend like he was running for President and toad everybody he’d rather be Florida’s Governor than be VP?

    Is Florida’s First Purpy still with us? I hope that pour dog okay.

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