WHEREAS, the Florida Adoption Act, Chapter 63, Florida Statutes, provides a multitude of procedural and technical requirements designed to ensure that basic safeguards in adoption-related proceedings are met; and
WHEREAS, a policy is needed locally to adopt uniform procedures for filing documents, and to ensure that all parties adhere to the statutory requirements for relative adoption filings.
THEREFORE; this Court enters this administrative order concerning adoption of a minor by relative, and the relative is within the third degree of consanguinity, in which the adoptee is a minor. Effective immediately, the following procedures will be adhered to in all cases in which a party seeks to adopt a minor relative within the third degree of consanguinity.
DONE AND ORDERED in Columbia County, Florida on November, 26, 2018.