Ron DeSantis Approves Legislation to Support Fathers

Ron DeSantis Approves Legislation to Support Fathers

( – Since assuming office in 2019, Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has become popular among Conservatives for pushing back on issues like COVID-19 restrictions, election reform, and critical race theory. Now, he’s working to support the rights of fathers.

On Monday, April 11, DeSantis signed HB 7065 into law. The measure provides more than $70 million to help meet the needs of dually-involved children, meaning they receive services from both the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Juvenile Justice Department.

HB 7065 amends existing Florida law. It sets a timeframe for creating transition plans, requires prenatal and infant healthcare delivery programs to include specific engagements involving fathers, and establishes grants for community-based mentoring programs.

The bill also directs the Department of Children and Families to develop and implement a Responsible Father Initiative. That program will help provide opportunities for fathers to “obtain information and inspiration… to motivate and enable [them] to enhance [their] abilities as a father.”

The new revisions encourage the men to take a more active role in their children’s lives and provide grants to community-based programs supporting dually-involved children and youth. It also designated June as “Responsible Fatherhood Month.”

DeSantis conceded that HB 7065 wouldn’t solve all the state’s problems regarding fatherhood during the signing ceremony. However, he said it does help support them throughout the state and has “huge ramifications” for helping individuals reach their potential.

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