Jay & Campbell

Caring for Children

What is an "Intervention" in a Florida DCF case?

An “intervention” in Florida law child welfare cases occurs when one or both parents sign “consents to adopt” over to a private adoption agency or attorney, rather than to the Florida Department of Children and Families. The Florida legislature saw the wisdom of (1) recognizing a parent’s right to make an adoption plan for their 

child, (2) removing the burden from taxpayers by allowing families to privately adopt children rather than have the state prosecute and supervise the dependency case, and (3) expediting permanency for a child rather than have them linger in “The System.”

Who considers interventions? Parents who recognize that they are not able to provide their child with stability, but want to choose the type of family their child grows up in. Out-of-state caregivers who have been disadvantaged as placements because of the lengthy ICPC process. Previous caregivers, relatives or friends of the family who have been unfairly dismissed by DCF as placements.

Jay & Campbell has successfully intervened in a number of these cases and we are available to discuss your options if this is something you are considering. The outcome depends on many complex factors, including the strength of DCF’s case, the parent’s rationale for choosing a certain placement, the amount of time a child has been with a pre-adoptive caregiver, the fairness of the proceedings, the existence and placement of siblings, and the qualifications of the intervening prospective adoptive parent.