Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SPB 7018
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: FAV            .                                
                  10/22/2015           .                                

       The Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (Detert)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment 
    3         Delete lines 677 - 716
    4  and insert:
    5         (d) Orders.—
    6         1. Based upon the criteria set forth in paragraph (c) and
    7  the recommended order of the citizen review panel, if any, the
    8  court shall determine whether or not the social service agency
    9  shall initiate proceedings to have a child declared a dependent
   10  child, return the child to the parent, continue the child in
   11  out-of-home care for a specified period of time, or initiate
   12  termination of parental rights proceedings for subsequent
   13  placement in an adoptive home. Amendments to the case plan must
   14  be prepared as prescribed in s. 39.6013. If the court finds that
   15  the prevention or reunification efforts of the department will
   16  allow the child can safely to remain in the safely at home with
   17  an in-home safety plan, or be safely returned to the home the
   18  court shall allow the child to remain in or return to the home
   19  after making a specific finding of fact that the reasons for the
   20  creation of the case plan have been remedied to the extent that
   21  the child’s safety, well-being, and physical, mental, and
   22  emotional health will not be endangered.
   23         2. The court shall return the child to the custody of the
   24  parents with an in-home safety plan at any time it determines
   25  that they have met conditions for return substantially complied
   26  with the case plan, and if the court is satisfied that return of
   27  the child to the home reunification will not be detrimental to
   28  the child’s safety, well-being, and physical, mental, and
   29  emotional health.
   30         3. If, in the opinion of the court, the social service
   31  agency has not complied with its obligations as specified in the
   32  written case plan, the court may find the social service agency
   33  in contempt, shall order the social service agency to submit its
   34  plans for compliance with the agreement, and shall require the
   35  social service agency to show why the child could not safely be
   36  returned to the home of the parents.
   37         4. If possible, the court shall order the department to
   38  file a written notification before a child changes placements or
   39  living arrangements. If such notification is not possible before
   40  the change, the department must file a notification immediately
   41  following a change. A written notification filed with the court
   42  must include assurances from the department that the provisions
   43  of s. 409.145 and administrative rule relating to placement
   44  changes have been met.