SB 1206, draft legislation presented in 2021, proposed amendments to Fla. Stat. §§ 39.812(4)-(6) and 63.062(7), emphasizing bureaucratic shortcuts over the sanctity of families. To summarize, SB 1206 would:
The sponsor of SB 1206 was Senator Aaron Bean of District 4 (Nassau and Duval Counties). The bill was referred to the following committees: Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs & Judiciary. Rick Roth of District 85 (Palm Beach County) introduced the house version of the bill, CS/HB 601. The house bill was introduced to the following committees: Civil Justice & Property Rights Subcommittee, Health & Human Services Committee, & Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee. Neither bill made it past all the committee to get to the floor for a vote, fortunately, but we are concerned that DCF or the GAL Program will present this bill in future sessions. If you would like to share your thoughts about how this legislation would impact foster parents, please reach out to your Florida house and senate representatives, as well as the members on these committees.