Florida Senate - 2015                              CS for SB 320
       By the Committee on Fiscal Policy; and Senators Gaetz and
       594-01953-15                                           2015320c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to adoption and foster care; amending
    3         s. 39.0016, F.S.; revising what the Department of
    4         Children and Families must do when required to enter
    5         into agreements with specified entities; amending s.
    6         39.812, F.S.; requiring the community-based care lead
    7         agency to visit in person or contact by telephone the
    8         child and the child’s adoptive family 1 year after the
    9         date the adoption is finalized; requiring the agency
   10         to document specified information; requiring the
   11         agency to submit a report annually to the department;
   12         amending s. 409.145, F.S.; revising caregiver roles
   13         and responsibilities; revising the roles and
   14         responsibilities of the department, the community
   15         based care lead agency, and other agency staff;
   16         creating s. 409.1662, F.S.; providing the purpose of
   17         the adoption incentive program; directing the
   18         Department of Children and Families to establish an
   19         adoption incentive program for certain agencies and
   20         subcontractors; requiring that the department conduct
   21         a comprehensive baseline assessment of lead agencies
   22         and provider performance and compile annual data for
   23         the most recent 5 years of available data; requiring
   24         the department to update the assessment annually;
   25         providing a nonexclusive list of factors for the
   26         assessment to identify; requiring that the department
   27         negotiate outcome-based agreements; requiring that
   28         several factors be included in the agreements;
   29         requiring the department to allocate incentive
   30         payments; requiring the department to report annually
   31         by a certain date specified information to the
   32         Governor and the Legislature; creating s. 409.1664,
   33         F.S.; defining terms; providing certain amounts
   34         payable to a qualifying adoptive employee who adopts
   35         specified children under certain circumstances,
   36         subject to applicable taxes; providing prorated
   37         payments for a part-time employee and limiting the
   38         monetary benefit to one award per child; requiring
   39         that a qualifying adoptive employee apply to the
   40         agency head for the monetary benefit on forms approved
   41         by the department and include a certified copy of the
   42         final order of adoption; providing that the rights
   43         offered by this act do not preclude a qualifying
   44         adoptive employee who adopts a special needs child
   45         from receiving any other assistance or incentive;
   46         requiring that parental leave for qualifying adoptive
   47         employees be provided; requiring the department to
   48         adopt rules; requiring the Chief Financial Officer to
   49         submit payment to a qualifying adoptive employee
   50         depending on where he or she works; requiring state
   51         agencies to develop uniform procedures for informing
   52         employees about this benefit and for assisting the
   53         department in making eligibility determinations and
   54         processing applications; creating s. 409.1666, F.S.;
   55         requiring the Governor to annually select and
   56         recognize certain individuals, families, or
   57         organizations for adoption achievement awards;
   58         requiring the department to define categories for the
   59         achievement awards and seek nominations for potential
   60         recipients; authorizing a direct-support organization
   61         established by the Office of Adoption and Child
   62         Protection to accept donations of products or services
   63         from private sources to be given to the recipients of
   64         the adoption achievement awards; amending s. 409.175,
   65         F.S.; requiring licensed child-placing agencies
   66         providing adoption services for intercountry adoptions
   67         to meet specified requirements; requiring an adoption
   68         agency in this state which provides certain services
   69         to maintain records with specified information;
   70         providing appropriations; providing an effective date.
   72  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   74         Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section
   75  39.0016, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   76         39.0016 Education of abused, neglected, and abandoned
   77  children; agency agreements; children having or suspected of
   78  having a disability.—
   79         (2) AGENCY AGREEMENTS.—
   80         (b) The department shall enter into agreements with
   81  district school boards or other local educational entities
   82  regarding education and related services for children known to
   83  the department who are of school age and children known to the
   84  department who are younger than school age but who would
   85  otherwise qualify for services from the district school board.
   86  Such agreements shall include, but are not limited to:
   87         1. A requirement that the department shall:
   88         a. Ensure Enroll children known to the department are
   89  enrolled in school or in the best educational setting that meets
   90  the needs of the child. The agreement shall provide for
   91  continuing the enrollment of a child known to the department at
   92  the same school of origin when, if possible if it is in the best
   93  interest of the child, with the goal of minimal avoiding
   94  disruption of education.
   95         b. Notify the school and school district in which a child
   96  known to the department is enrolled of the name and phone number
   97  of the child known to the department caregiver and caseworker
   98  for child safety purposes.
   99         c. Establish a protocol for the department to share
  100  information about a child known to the department with the
  101  school district, consistent with the Family Educational Rights
  102  and Privacy Act, since the sharing of information will assist
  103  each agency in obtaining education and related services for the
  104  benefit of the child. The protocol must require the district
  105  school boards or other local educational entities to access the
  106  department’s Florida Safe Families Network to obtain information
  107  about children known to the department, consistent with the
  108  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. s.
  109  1232g.
  110         d. Notify the school district of the department’s case
  111  planning for a child known to the department, both at the time
  112  of plan development and plan review. Within the plan development
  113  or review process, the school district may provide information
  114  regarding the child known to the department if the school
  115  district deems it desirable and appropriate.
  116         e. Show no prejudice against out-of-home caregivers who
  117  desire to educate at home any children placed in their home
  118  through the child welfare system.
  119         2. A requirement that the district school board shall:
  120         a. Provide the department with a general listing of the
  121  services and information available from the district school
  122  board to facilitate educational access for a child known to the
  123  department.
  124         b. Identify all educational and other services provided by
  125  the school and school district which the school district
  126  believes are reasonably necessary to meet the educational needs
  127  of a child known to the department.
  128         c. Determine whether transportation is available for a
  129  child known to the department when such transportation will
  130  avoid a change in school assignment due to a change in
  131  residential placement. Recognizing that continued enrollment in
  132  the same school throughout the time the child known to the
  133  department is in out-of-home care is preferable unless
  134  enrollment in the same school would be unsafe or otherwise
  135  impractical, the department, the district school board, and the
  136  Department of Education shall assess the availability of
  137  federal, charitable, or grant funding for such transportation.
  138         d. Provide individualized student intervention or an
  139  individual educational plan when a determination has been made
  140  through legally appropriate criteria that intervention services
  141  are required. The intervention or individual educational plan
  142  must include strategies to enable the child known to the
  143  department to maximize the attainment of educational goals.
  144         3. A requirement that the department and the district
  145  school board shall cooperate in accessing the services and
  146  supports needed for a child known to the department who has or
  147  is suspected of having a disability to receive an appropriate
  148  education consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities
  149  Education Act and state implementing laws, rules, and
  150  assurances. Coordination of services for a child known to the
  151  department who has or is suspected of having a disability may
  152  include:
  153         a. Referral for screening.
  154         b. Sharing of evaluations between the school district and
  155  the department where appropriate.
  156         c. Provision of education and related services appropriate
  157  for the needs and abilities of the child known to the
  158  department.
  159         d. Coordination of services and plans between the school
  160  and the residential setting to avoid duplication or conflicting
  161  service plans.
  162         e. Appointment of a surrogate parent, consistent with the
  163  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and pursuant to
  164  subsection (3), for educational purposes for a child known to
  165  the department who qualifies.
  166         f. For each child known to the department 14 years of age
  167  and older, transition planning by the department and all
  168  providers, including the department’s independent living program
  169  staff, to meet the requirements of the local school district for
  170  educational purposes.
  171         Section 2. Subsection (6) is added to section 39.812,
  172  Florida Statutes, to read:
  173         39.812 Postdisposition relief; petition for adoption.—
  174         (6)(a) Once a child’s adoption is finalized, the community
  175  based care lead agency is required to make a reasonable effort
  176  to make contact with the adoptive family either in person or by
  177  telephone 1 year after the date of finalization of the adoption
  178  as a post-adoption service. If the family has relocated to
  179  another state, the required contact may occur by telephone. For
  180  the purposes of this subsection, the term “reasonable effort”
  181  means the exercise of reasonable diligence and care by the
  182  community-based care lead agency to make contact with the
  183  adoptive family. At a minimum, the community-based care lead
  184  agency must document the following:
  185         1.The number of attempts made by the community-based care
  186  lead agency to contact the adoptive family and whether those
  187  attempts were successful;
  188         2.The types of post-adoption services that were requested
  189  by the adoptive family and whether those services were provided
  190  by the community-based care lead agency; and
  191         3.Any feedback received by the community-based care lead
  192  agency from the adoptive family related to the quality or
  193  effectiveness of services provided; and
  194         (b)The community-based care lead agency must annually
  195  report to the department on the outcomes achieved and
  196  recommendations for improvement under this subsection.
  197         Section 3. Subsection (2) of section 409.145, Florida
  198  Statutes, is amended to read:
  199         409.145 Care of children; quality parenting; “reasonable
  200  and prudent parent” standard.—The child welfare system of the
  201  department shall operate as a coordinated community-based system
  202  of care which empowers all caregivers for children in foster
  203  care to provide quality parenting, including approving or
  204  disapproving a child’s participation in activities based on the
  205  caregiver’s assessment using the “reasonable and prudent parent”
  206  standard.
  207         (2) QUALITY PARENTING.—A child in foster care shall be
  208  placed only with a caregiver who has the ability to care for the
  209  child, is willing to accept responsibility for providing care,
  210  and is willing and able to learn about and be respectful of the
  211  child’s culture, religion and ethnicity, special physical or
  212  psychological needs, any circumstances unique to the child, and
  213  family relationships. The department, the community-based care
  214  lead agency, and other agencies shall provide such caregiver
  215  with all available information necessary to assist the caregiver
  216  in determining whether he or she is able to appropriately care
  217  for a particular child.
  218         (a) Roles and responsibilities of caregivers.—A caregiver
  219  shall:
  220         1. Participate in developing the case plan for the child
  221  and his or her family and work with others involved in his or
  222  her care to implement this plan. This participation includes the
  223  caregiver’s involvement in all team meetings or court hearings
  224  related to the child’s care.
  225         2. Complete all training needed to improve skills in
  226  parenting a child who has experienced trauma due to neglect,
  227  abuse, or separation from home, to meet the child’s special
  228  needs, and to work effectively with child welfare agencies, the
  229  court, the schools, and other community and governmental
  230  agencies.
  231         3. Respect and support the child’s ties to members of his
  232  or her biological family and assist the child in maintaining
  233  allowable visitation and other forms of communication.
  234         4. Effectively advocate for the child in the caregiver’s
  235  care with the child welfare system, the court, and community
  236  agencies, including the school, child care, health and mental
  237  health providers, and employers.
  238         5. Participate fully in the child’s medical, psychological,
  239  and dental care as the caregiver would for his or her biological
  240  child.
  241         6. Support the child’s educational school success by
  242  participating in school activities and meetings associated with
  243  the child’s school or other educational setting, including
  244  Individual Education Plan meetings and meetings with an
  245  educational surrogate if one has been appointed, assisting with
  246  school assignments, supporting tutoring programs, meeting with
  247  teachers and working with an educational surrogate if one has
  248  been appointed, and encouraging the child’s participation in
  249  extracurricular activities.
  250         a.Maintaining educational stability for a child while in
  251  out-of-home care by allowing the child to remain in the school
  252  or educational setting he or she attended before entry into out
  253  of-home care is the first priority, unless it is not in the best
  254  interest of the child.
  255         b.If it is not in the best interest of the child to remain
  256  in his or her school or educational setting upon entry into out
  257  of-home care, the caregiver must work with the case manager,
  258  guardian ad litem, teachers and guidance counselors, and
  259  educational surrogate if one has been appointed, to determine
  260  the best educational setting for the child. Those settings may
  261  include a public school that is not the school of origin, a
  262  private school pursuant to s. 1002.42, virtual education
  263  programs pursuant to s. 1002.45, or education at home pursuant
  264  to s. 1002.41.
  265         7. Work in partnership with other stakeholders to obtain
  266  and maintain records that are important to the child’s well
  267  being, including child resource records, medical records, school
  268  records, photographs, and records of special events and
  269  achievements.
  270         8. Ensure that the child in the caregiver’s care who is
  271  between 13 and 17 years of age learns and masters independent
  272  living skills.
  273         9. Ensure that the child in the caregiver’s care is aware
  274  of the requirements and benefits of the Road-to-Independence
  275  Program.
  276         10. Work to enable the child in the caregiver’s care to
  277  establish and maintain naturally occurring mentoring
  278  relationships.
  279         (b) Roles and responsibilities of the department, the
  280  community-based care lead agency, and other agency staff.—The
  281  department, the community-based care lead agency, and other
  282  agency staff shall:
  283         1. Include a caregiver in the development and
  284  implementation of the case plan for the child and his or her
  285  family. The caregiver shall be authorized to participate in all
  286  team meetings or court hearings related to the child’s care and
  287  future plans. The caregiver’s participation shall be facilitated
  288  through timely notification, an inclusive process, and
  289  alternative methods for participation for a caregiver who cannot
  290  be physically present.
  291         2. Develop and make available to the caregiver the
  292  information, services, training, and support that the caregiver
  293  needs to improve his or her skills in parenting children who
  294  have experienced trauma due to neglect, abuse, or separation
  295  from home, to meet these children’s special needs, and to
  296  advocate effectively with child welfare agencies, the courts,
  297  schools, and other community and governmental agencies.
  298         3. Provide the caregiver with all information related to
  299  services and other benefits that are available to the child.
  300         4. Show no prejudice against a caregiver who desires to
  301  educate at home any children placed in his or her home through
  302  the child welfare system.
  303         (c) Transitions.—
  304         1. Once a caregiver accepts the responsibility of caring
  305  for a child, the child will be removed from the home of that
  306  caregiver only if:
  307         a. The caregiver is clearly unable to safely or legally
  308  care for the child;
  309         b. The child and his or her biological family are
  310  reunified;
  311         c. The child is being placed in a legally permanent home
  312  pursuant to the case plan or a court order; or
  313         d. The removal is demonstrably in the child’s best
  314  interest.
  315         2. In the absence of an emergency, if a child leaves the
  316  caregiver’s home for a reason provided under subparagraph 1.,
  317  the transition must be accomplished according to a plan that
  318  involves cooperation and sharing of information among all
  319  persons involved, respects the child’s developmental stage and
  320  psychological needs, ensures the child has all of his or her
  321  belongings, allows for a gradual transition from the caregiver’s
  322  home and, if possible, for continued contact with the caregiver
  323  after the child leaves.
  324         (d) Information sharing.—Whenever a foster home or
  325  residential group home assumes responsibility for the care of a
  326  child, the department and any additional providers shall make
  327  available to the caregiver as soon as is practicable all
  328  relevant information concerning the child. Records and
  329  information that are required to be shared with caregivers
  330  include, but are not limited to:
  331         1. Medical, dental, psychological, psychiatric, and
  332  behavioral history, as well as ongoing evaluation or treatment
  333  needs;
  334         2. School records;
  335         3. Copies of his or her birth certificate and, if
  336  appropriate, immigration status documents;
  337         4. Consents signed by parents;
  338         5. Comprehensive behavioral assessments and other social
  339  assessments;
  340         6. Court orders;
  341         7. Visitation and case plans;
  342         8. Guardian ad litem reports;
  343         9. Staffing forms; and
  344         10. Judicial or citizen review panel reports and
  345  attachments filed with the court, except confidential medical,
  346  psychiatric, and psychological information regarding any party
  347  or participant other than the child.
  348         (e) Caregivers employed by residential group homes.—All
  349  caregivers in residential group homes shall meet the same
  350  education, training, and background and other screening
  351  requirements as foster parents.
  352         Section 4. Section 409.1662, Florida Statutes, is created
  353  to read:
  354         409.1662 Children within the child welfare system; adoption
  355  incentive program.—
  356         (1) PURPOSE.—The purpose of the adoption incentive program
  357  is to advance the state’s achievement of permanency, stability,
  358  and well-being in living arrangements for children in foster
  359  care who cannot be reunited with their families. The department
  360  shall establish the adoption incentive program to award
  361  incentive payment to community-based care lead agencies, as
  362  defined in s. 409.986, and their subcontractors that are
  363  involved in the adoption process for achievement of specific and
  364  measurable adoption performance standards that lead to
  365  permanency, stability, and well-being for children.
  367         (a) The department shall conduct a comprehensive baseline
  368  assessment of the performance of lead agencies and providers
  369  related to adoption of children from foster care. The assessment
  370  shall compile annual data for each of the most recent 5 years
  371  for which data is available. The department shall update the
  372  assessment annually. At a minimum, the assessment shall
  373  identify:
  374         1. The number of families attempting to adopt children from
  375  foster care and the number of families completing the adoption
  376  process.
  377         2. The number of children eligible for adoption and the
  378  number of children whose adoptions were finalized.
  379         3.The amount of time eligible children waited for
  380  adoption.
  381         4. The number of adoptions that resulted in disruption or
  382  dissolution and the subset of those disrupted adoptions that
  383  were preventable by the community-based care lead agency or the
  384  subcontracted provider.
  385         5. The time taken to complete each phase of the adoption
  386  process.
  387         6. The expenditures made to recruit adoptive homes and a
  388  description of any initiative to improve adoption performance or
  389  streamline the adoption process.
  390         7. The results of any specific effort to gather feedback
  391  from prospective adoptive parents, adoptive parents, children in
  392  the child welfare system, adoptees, and other stakeholders.
  393         8. The use of evidence-based, evidence-informed, promising,
  394  and innovative practices in recruitment, orientation, and
  395  preparation of appropriate adoptive families, matching children
  396  with families, supporting children during the adoption process,
  397  and providing post-adoptive support.
  398         (b)Using the information from the baseline assessment, the
  399  department shall annually negotiate outcome-based agreements
  400  with lead agencies and their subcontracted providers. The
  401  agreements must establish measurable outcome targets to increase
  402  the number of adoptions resulting in permanent placements that
  403  enhance children’s well-being. The agreements will define the
  404  method for measuring performance and for determining the level
  405  of performance required to earn the incentive payment, and the
  406  amount of the incentive payment which may be earned for each
  407  target.
  408         (3) INCENTIVE PAYMENTS.—
  409         (a) The department shall allocate incentive payments to
  410  performance improvement targets in a manner that ensures that
  411  total payments do not exceed the amount appropriated for this
  412  purpose.
  413         (b) The department shall ensure that the amount of the
  414  incentive payments are proportionate to the value of the
  415  performance improvement.
  416         (4) REPORT.—The department shall report annually by
  417  November 15 to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and
  418  the Speaker of the House of Representatives on the negotiated
  419  targets set for, outcomes achieved by, and incentive payments
  420  made to each community-based care lead agency during the
  421  previous fiscal year. The department shall also report on the
  422  program enhancements made by each community-based care lead
  423  agency and its subcontractors to achieve negotiated outcomes
  424  under this section.
  425         Section 5. Section 409.1664, Florida Statutes, is created
  426  to read:
  427         409.1664 Adoption benefits for qualifying adoptive
  428  employees of state agencies.—
  429         (1) As used in this section, the term:
  430         (a) “Child within the child welfare system” has the same
  431  meaning as in s. 409.166.
  432         (b) “Qualifying adoptive employee” means a full-time or
  433  part-time employee of a state agency who is paid from regular
  434  salary appropriations, or otherwise meets the state agency
  435  employer’s definition of a regular rather than temporary
  436  employee, and who adopts a child within the child welfare system
  437  pursuant to chapter 63 on or after January 1, 2015. The term
  438  includes instructional personnel, as defined in s. 1012.01,
  439  employed by the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.
  440         (c) “State agency” means a branch, department, or agency of
  441  state government for which the Chief Financial Officer processes
  442  payroll requisitions, a state university or Florida College
  443  System institution as defined in s. 1000.21, a school district
  444  unit as defined in s. 1001.30, or a water management district as
  445  defined in s. 373.019.
  446         (2) A qualifying adoptive employee that adopts a child
  447  within the child welfare system who has special needs as
  448  described in s. 409.166(2)(a)2. is eligible to receive a lump
  449  sum benefit in the amount of $10,000 per child, subject to
  450  applicable taxes. A qualifying adoptive employee that adopts a
  451  child within the child welfare system who does not have the
  452  special needs as described in s. 409.166(2)(a)2. is eligible to
  453  receive a lump sum benefit in the amount of $5,000 per child,
  454  subject to applicable taxes.
  455         (a) Benefits paid to a qualifying adoptive employee who is
  456  a part-time employee must be prorated based on the qualifying
  457  adoptive employee’s full-time equivalency at the time of
  458  applying for the benefits.
  459         (b) Benefits under this section are limited to one award
  460  per adopted child within the child welfare system.
  461         (c) The payment of a lump-sum benefit for adopting a child
  462  within the child welfare system under this section is subject to
  463  a specific appropriation to the department for such purpose.
  464         (3) A qualifying adoptive employee must apply to his or her
  465  agency head to obtain the benefit provided in subsection (2).
  466  Applications must be on forms approved by the department and
  467  must include a certified copy of the final order of adoption
  468  naming the applicant as the adoptive parent.
  469         (4) This section does not preclude a qualifying adoptive
  470  employee from receiving adoption assistance he or she may
  471  qualify for under s. 409.166 or any other statute that provides
  472  financial incentives for the adoption of children.
  473         (5) Parental leave for a qualifying adoptive employee must
  474  be provided in accordance with the personnel policies and
  475  procedures of the employee’s state agency employer.
  476         (6) The department shall adopt rules to administer this
  477  section. The rules may provide for an application process such
  478  as, but not limited to, an open enrollment period during which
  479  qualifying adoptive employees may apply for monetary benefits
  480  under this section.
  481         (7) The Chief Financial Officer shall disburse a monetary
  482  benefit to a qualifying adoptive employee upon the department’s
  483  submission of a payroll requisition. The Chief Financial Officer
  484  shall transfer funds from the department to a state university,
  485  Florida College System institution, school district unit, or
  486  water management district, as appropriate, to enable payment to
  487  the qualifying adoptive employee through the payroll systems as
  488  long as funds are available for such purpose.
  489         (8) Each state agency shall develop a uniform procedure for
  490  informing employees about this benefit and for assisting the
  491  department in making eligibility determinations and processing
  492  applications. Any procedure adopted by a state agency is valid
  493  and enforceable if the procedure does not conflict with the
  494  express terms of this section.
  495         Section 6. Section 409.1666, Florida Statutes, is created
  496  to read:
  497         409.1666 Annual adoption achievement awards.—Each year, the
  498  Governor shall select and recognize one or more individuals,
  499  families, or organizations that make significant contributions
  500  to enabling this state’s foster children to achieve permanency
  501  through adoption. The department shall define appropriate
  502  categories for the achievement awards and seek nominations for
  503  potential recipients in each category from individuals and
  504  organizations knowledgeable about foster care and adoption.
  505         (1) The award shall recognize persons whose contributions
  506  involve extraordinary effort or personal sacrifice in order to
  507  provide caring and permanent homes for foster children.
  508         (2) A direct-support organization established in accordance
  509  with s. 39.0011 by the Office of Adoption and Child Protection
  510  within the Executive Office of the Governor may accept donations
  511  of products or services from private sources to be given to the
  512  recipients of the adoption achievement awards. The direct
  513  support organization may also provide suitable plaques, framed
  514  certificates, pins, and other tokens of recognition.
  515         Section 7. Subsection (18) is added to section 409.175,
  516  Florida Statutes, to read:
  517         409.175 Licensure of family foster homes, residential
  518  child-caring agencies, and child-placing agencies; public
  519  records exemption.—
  520         (18)(a) A licensed child-placing agency conducting
  521  intercountry adoptions must be designated by the United States
  522  Department of State as an accredited entity for intercountry
  523  adoption services.
  524         (b)A licensed child-placing agency providing adoption
  525  services for intercountry adoption in Hague Convention
  526  countries, in incoming or outgoing cases, must meet the federal
  527  regulations pertaining to intercountry adoptions with convention
  528  countries.
  529         (c)An adoption agency in this state which provides
  530  intercountry adoption services for families residing in this
  531  state must maintain a record that contains, at a minimum, the
  532  following:
  533         1.All available family and medical history of the birth
  534  family;
  535         2.All legal documents translated into English;
  536         3.All necessary documents obtained by the adoptive parent
  537  in order for the child to attain United States citizenship, or
  538  if applicable, other legal immigration status; and
  539         4. All supervisory reports prepared before an adoption and
  540  after the finalization of an adoption.
  541         Section 8. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the sum of $6.5
  542  million in recurring funds from the General Revenue Fund is
  543  appropriated to the Department of Children and Families for the
  544  creation of the adoption incentive program. The Executive Office
  545  of the Governor shall place these funds in reserve until such
  546  time as the Department of Children and Families submits a plan
  547  identifying the performance measures, targeted outcomes, and an
  548  expenditure plan for approval to the Executive Office of the
  549  Governor and the chair and vice chair of the Legislative Budget
  550  Commission in accordance with s. 216.177, Florida Statutes.
  551         Section 9. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the sum of
  552  $3,425,356 in recurring funds from the General Revenue Fund is
  553  appropriated to the Department of Children and Families for the
  554  creation of the adoption benefits for qualifying adoptive
  555  employees of state agencies. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the
  556  sum of $74,644 in recurring funds from the General Revenue Fund
  557  is appropriated to the Department of Children and Families and
  558  one full-time equivalent position with associated salary rate of
  559  46,382 is authorized for the creation of the adoption benefits
  560  for qualifying adoptive employees of state agencies and the
  561  development of performance measures and targeted outcomes.
  562         Section 10. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.