Petition to U.S. Supreme Court on Due Process Rights of Parents.
Florida’s Children First is proud to have been the lead party in a friend of the court brief in the U.S.Supreme Court asserting that all parents should have a due process right to be heard in a child welfare case that could result in a court determining that the child had no parent. In this case the child’s biological father who was named on the birth certificate and was present at his birth, was excluded from dependency proceedings because the child’s mother was married to a man she hadn’t seen in years. The mother and her husband both supported the biological father’s effort to be recognized as the father. FCF asserts that the child’s best interest is not promoted when the parent is cut out of proceedings without due process.