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Miranda Adoption Bill Passes the FL House

10:25 AM, Mar 1, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's been seven months since little Miranda last saw her grandmother.

The four-year-old was removed from the only home she's ever known in July 2011, because a state law said the child should live with a registered sex-offender, who is not even her biological dad.

The law considers Donald Coleman Miranda's legal father because he was still married to Miranda's mom at the time of her death.

After our story aired in July 2011, First Coast News contacted local lawmakers to get their reaction to Miranda's case.

State Representative Janet Adkins immediately began a mission to change that law.

On Wednesday, Adkins crossed the first big hurdle.  An adoption bill passed unanimously in the House.

"I'm happy. We've worked incredibly hard on this issue since you brought this to my attention last July," said Adkins. 

Adkins said the adoption bill tightens up the loopholes and takes into consideration the best interest of the child.

"When you are taking a child out of a bonded relationship, as was Miranda was in, and putting a child in a brand new home where there is no relationship, it will require a transition plan, so we are not doing emotional harm to that child," said Adkins.

Besides a transition plan, Adkins' bill would require a home study be done of the environment where the child will live.

While Miranda may not be affected if this becomes law, Adkins' hopes are case like Miranda's will not happen again.

"When you take a child out of a bonded relationship, the only home they've ever known and you place that child in a new place, in a home...we never will really comprehend the impact, the emotional trauma that could occur to that child," said Adkins.

First Coast News

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