Florida Senate - 2018 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 774 Ì632020XÎ632020 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (Bean) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment to Amendment (820270) (with title 2 amendment) 3 Delete lines 572 - 573 4 and insert: 5 Section 8. Subsection (3) of section 63.092, Florida 6 Statutes, is amended to read: 7 63.092 Report to the court of intended placement by an 8 adoption entity; at-risk placement; preliminary study.— 9 (3) PRELIMINARY HOME STUDY.—Before placing the minor in the 10 intended adoptive home, a preliminary home study must be 11 performed by a licensed child-placing agency, a child-caring 12 agency registered under s. 409.176, a licensed professional, or 13 an agency described in s. 61.20(2), unless the adoptee is an 14 adult or the petitioner is a stepparent or a relative. If the 15 adoptee is an adult or the petitioner is a stepparent or a 16 relative, a preliminary home study may be required by the court 17 for good cause shown. The department is required to perform the 18 preliminary home study only if there is no licensed child 19 placing agency, child-caring agency registered under s. 409.176, 20 licensed professional, or agency described in s. 61.20(2), in 21 the county where the prospective adoptive parents reside. The 22 preliminary home study must be made to determine the suitability 23 of the intended adoptive parents and may be completed prior to 24 identification of a prospective adoptive minor. A favorable 25 preliminary home study is valid for 1 year after the date of its 26 completion. Upon its completion, a signed copy of the home study 27 must be provided to the intended adoptive parents who were the 28 subject of the home study. A minor may not be placed in an 29 intended adoptive home before a favorable preliminary home study 30 is completed unless the adoptive home is also a licensed foster 31 home under s. 409.175. The preliminary home study must include, 32 at a minimum: 33 (a) An interview with the intended adoptive parents; 34 (b) Records checks of the department’s central abuse 35 registry, which the department shall provide to the entity 36 conducting the preliminary home study and criminal records 37 correspondence checks under s. 39.0138 through the Department of 38 Law Enforcement on the intended adoptive parents; 39 (c) An assessment of the physical environment of the home; 40 (d) A determination of the financial security of the 41 intended adoptive parents; 42 (e) Documentation of counseling and education of the 43 intended adoptive parents on adoptive parenting as determined by 44 the entity conducting the preliminary home study. The department 45 shall not require training as specified in s. 409.175(14); 46 (f) Documentation that information on adoption and the 47 adoption process has been provided to the intended adoptive 48 parents; 49 (g) Documentation that information on support services 50 available in the community has been provided to the intended 51 adoptive parents; and 52 (h) A copy of each signed acknowledgment of receipt of 53 disclosure required by s. 63.085. 54 If the preliminary home study is favorable, a minor may be 55 placed in the home pending entry of the judgment of adoption. A 56 minor may not be placed in the home if the preliminary home 57 study is unfavorable. If the preliminary home study is 58 unfavorable, the adoption entity may, within 20 days after 59 receipt of a copy of the written recommendation, petition the 60 court to determine the suitability of the intended adoptive 61 home. A determination as to suitability under this subsection 62 does not act as a presumption of suitability at the final 63 hearing. In determining the suitability of the intended adoptive 64 home, the court must consider the totality of the circumstances 65 in the home. A minor may not be placed in a home in which there 66 resides any person determined by the court to be a sexual 67 predator as defined in s. 775.21 or to have been convicted of an 68 offense listed in s. 63.089(4)(b)2. 69 70 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 71 And the title is amended as follows: 72 Delete line 609 73 and insert: 74 conforming cross-references; amending s. 63.092, F.S.; 75 requiring the Department of Children and Families to 76 release specified records to entities conducting 77 preliminary home studies; providing the department of 78 Children and Families shall not require specified 79 training for certain home studies; providing an 80 effective.