Florida presents 30 Days of Amazing Children: Explore Adoption!

Florida presents 30 Days of Amazing Children: Explore Adoption! – a statewide initiative featuring children in foster care who dream of being adopted by permanent, loving, forever families. A unique “Amazing Child” available for adoption in Florida will be featured every day during the month of November. To meet all of the featured children click here.

For more information on the Florida adoption process contact an adoption attorney in Lee County that can assist you with your home study, preparation courses, adoption approval, finding the right match for your family, and adoption finalization.

Serving areas in Hendry County: Labelle, Clewiston, Pioneer, Flaghole, Montura, Hooker’s Point. Serving areas in Glades County: Buckhead Ridge, Moore Haven, Lakeport, Palmdale, and Muse.  Serving areas in Lee County:  Alva, Buckingham, North Ft. Myers, Ft. Myers, and Bonita Springs.

Contact me at 239-233-0222

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4-H Advocacy Club – First meeting of the school year!

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Don’t forget TODAY is the first meeting of the school year! 

Join the 4-H Advocacy Club today at the Pioneer Community Center at 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.   (4:30 p.m.  for Clewiston students arriving by bus).  If anyone needs a ride from Labelle today, please call me at 239-239-0222 and I will pick you up at the Labelle 4-H building at 3:30 (must have parent’s permission to ride with me).

Today’s we will have a brief introduction for new members, applaud our returning members, and kick the year off with opening statements.

While involved with the 4-H Advocacy Club, you will learn about our court system, advocacy, public speaking, as well as compete with other advocacy groups throughout Florida. Sharpen your professional and social skills and understand the importance of self-responsibility in the community, which will transfer to real life situations.

The 4-H Advocacy Club is recruiting juniors 8-10 years old, intermediate 11-13 years old, and seniors 14-18 years old for mock trial practice, witnesses, jury, and advocates.   Parents are also welcome to participate as jurors and witnesses.  Meetings are twice a month held on every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the Pioneer Plantation Community Center. For more information contact Mary Cosmo by email at mary.cosmo@law.fcsl.edu or cell 239-233-0222.

Hendry teacher arrested for battery on student

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Hendry County—A LaBelle Middle School teacher was jailed on charges of battery against one of her own students last week, resulting in her suspension while a court determines whether she is guilty or not.  Lois Parker, a sixth grade teacher, was arrested on Friday, Jan. 11, after a sixth grade student told the principal that she had grabbed him violently, leaving bruises on his arm — all of this in front of a classroom of kids. According to the arrest report, the teacher is alleged to have used poor judgement in disciplining a student who refused to read from a book.The victim said it all began with Parker advising the class to take out their reading books. The boy reportedly said he did not have his book and, when he asked other students to borrow their book, the teacher became irate. She is said to have walked over to the child and grabbed his shirt collar, causing a red irritation on his neck.  The boy, who suffers from a slow learning disorder, told investigators that his teacher then grabbed his wrist, twisted his arm backward, and pulled him to the front of the class to read to the class. The teacher told him to read from a dictionary, which he refused to do.She grabbed him by his shirt collar again and pulled him to the back room, where he was instructed to fill out his own referral form, and was not allowed to leave the room until after school let out.A deputy who responded noted bruising on the victim’s right arm.

 Hendry teacher arrested after run in with headstrong student, by Savannah Rounds, The Clewiston News, Updated January 16, 2013 at 12:22PM

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I try not to post hot button issues but this one has struck a chord with so many women. It is a difficult topic to discuss for everyone because everyone carries polar emotions regarding rape and abortion.  However, an issue that faces not just women but every human being that is involved.  This issue does not belong in elections; it belongs and should remain in our own moral compasses.  The freedom to choose is a basic right of personhood.  The freedom to choose is encompassed in who we are as Americans.  A political circus is not the place to discuss these issues nor is it appropriate to sweep under the rug until the next election.  It is an issue that must be addressed and put to bed so that it does not victimize the innocent.

A child is truly a gift.  However, pregnancy and its termination in the instance of rape is also a gift, a gift of choice.  A gift to never again be a victim of her attacker.  If a victim of rape “decides” to bring her child into the world, it should be her choice and no one else’s.  That choice also comes with a terrifying result, which sentences the victim and the unwitting child to a parent relationship with her attacker. Sexual crimes are horrible and the history of sexual offenders prove they do not stop at just one attack.  Soon the child will be a victim of the same attacker if mandated to be a parent to his victim’s child.

I certainly would not want my child to have any kind of relationship with a sexual offender.  Yet family courts, still struggle with this issue and have not found a balance (perhaps, in these cases there is no balance to be made).  Nonetheless, the attacker is a father and with that status comes fatherly rights and obligations.  However, to remove a father from his parental status, the mother of such a child must re-live her sexual attack over and over throughout a long process of family court.  The mother is victimized not just once but over and over and over again.  The mother is sentenced to life of constant contact with her attacker.  The attacker is sentenced to be a father who can now use and victimize his own child to use as a weapon against the mother or worse.

Yes.  This issue is a hot button issue but it is also an issue no one can afford to ignore!

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Mary Cosmo

I am a 3L visiting student at Ave Maria Law School in Naples, Florida. My home school is Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.  As a Floridian who grew up in rural Pioneer Plantation in Hendry County and involved with 4-H for most of my youth, I am inspired each day by the continuity of my community.  I chose to spend my 3L year in the South West Florida area to strengthen my connection to my home community. After being away from home for my first two years of law school I am truly blessed to be able to spend my last year of law school at home. After graduation, I plan to take the Florida Bar and practice in South West Florida. As a native Floridian and future Florida attorney, I hope to serve the people of South West Florida with the legal competence and integrity Floridians have come to expect.

The first question I am often asked is “Mary, what kind of law would you like to practice?” I still have not perfected an answer to this question because I have so many interests: Land Use Planning, Real Property, Intellectual Property, Family, Consumer, and Criminal Law. Whichever path I choose I am determined to make a difference.

I was drawn to study law during my undergraduate studies at Hodges University.  It was FP&L’s proposal of a coal-fired power plant in my back yard that first sparked my interest, which would have been the largest coal power plant in the United States.  The proposed site was to be in the headwaters to the Everglades, which is already suffering clean water woes.  What began as a research project soon turned into a community standing together to protect their community.  After the Public Service Commission hearing on the impacts of the proposed site, Florida’s rail road infrastructure that would have to be upgraded, the exponential consumer funding for a plant that has yet to be built, and the additional water usage from an already strained water supply (just to mention a few issues) the commission denied FP&L’s application.  Although, I do not consider myself to be an extreme environmentalist, I did learn a great deal about our legal process.  In addition, I realized the important things in life should not be taken for granted. Especially the simple necessities of life like: drinking clean water, eating healthy foods, breathing fresh air and most of all the accessibility to information and the legal process that makes for an informed community and a strong democratic society.

My interests do not stop at environmental and Land Use planning.  I am a creative person at heart, which leads me to the study of intellectual property. Our thoughts, likeness, and creations must be protected to preserve the sense of self, integrity, and personhood.

As a single mother, I am also interested in family law.  I know how sensitive, heartbreaking, and downright important it is to have an attorney who is willing to protect parental rights.  The rights of kids are often limited, in the midst of domestic chaos, which can make a bad situation worse.  However, the right attorney can make a difference by making a bad situation better by always focusing on the best interest of the child.

Consumer and Criminal law has also been a driving force behind my studies.  I feel everyone should at least know there rights and how to protect them. On the civil side, consumers need to be protected and consumer protection laws should be enforced. These laws are enacted for the protection of consumers yet the first advice you hear in legal advertisements when a consumer is being sued for default is to file bankruptcy.  When in fact, there may be other remedies for the consumer that may be a better choice for the consumer in the end.  On the Criminal side, who doesn’t want to be protected by the laws of our society?  Victims deserve justice and the criminals deserve to have a fair trial.

At the end of the day, I am pursuing a legal career to make a difference whether it is in civil or criminal matters.  I aspire to do so with the legal competence and integrity Floridians have come to expect.

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