It’s National Firefighter Appreciation Day!

Thank you to all of our nation’s brave and tender-hearted men and women who are willing to risk it all to save and to serve others.

After all- you’re firefighters- who wouldn’t love you?!? Hancock Law Firm sure does! ❤️

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We are so honored that this wonderful family entrusted us with their family. Congratulations!

Grandparents are often the unsung heroes of adoption. When a child’s parents are unable to care for them, grandparents step up to provide a loving home and stability. Grandparent adoption is a beautiful testament to the power of family and the strength of love. Let’s celebrate and honor all the grandparents who have opened their hearts and homes to raise their grandchildren, and recognize the unique challenges and rewards of grandparent adoption. 

Grandparents and granddaughter. Grandmother kisses granddaughter on cheek.

International adoption is a beautiful opportunity to provide a loving home to a child from another part of the world. While the process can be complex, the reward of giving a child a new life and family is immeasurable. It’s important to approach international adoption with an open mind and heart, respecting the child’s culture and heritage. At Hancock Law Firm, we continue to support and advocate for ethical and responsible international adoption practices, and celebrate the diverse families created through this incredible journey.

children laughing and paying soccer

Adoption is a beautiful way to create a family, and there are millions of children around the world waiting for their forever homes. If you’re considering adoption, know that it’s a journey filled with love, joy, and sometimes challenges. But the reward of giving a child a loving family is priceless. Let’s celebrate adoption and all the families who have opened their hearts and homes to children in need.

Two children holding paper with word ADOPT

Congratulations to a lovely family who finalized their long awaited adoption! We are so glad that we could help make this a reality for them!

Every so often, we witness someone take on an insurmountable challenge that is not theirs to bear and do it with perfect grace and strength. Bearing witness to this story was an honor. The happy ending was even more beautiful! Congratulations!

NEW CASE: Statutory Benefits for Firefighters With Cancer Do Not Apply Retroactively

A Florida appellate court ruled that a firefighter diagnosed with cancer before the effective date of Florida Statutes Section 112.1816 is not entitled to the benefits provided by the law, Weaver v. Volusia County, No. 5D21-1620, 10/21/2022.

Retired Volusia County firefighter's quest for retroactive cancer benefits  not over – WFTV

Kathleen Weaver was a trailblazer for more than 35 years, fighting fires and protecting astronauts in a specialized role at the Kennedy Space Center before becoming a deputy chief at Volusia County Fire Rescue, where she retired in 2012.

Five years after she retired in 2012, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her diagnosis came two years before Florida Statutes Section 112.1816 became effective.

as a firefighter for three decades and rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Chief for Volusia County Fire Rescue.

Now, Weaver’s fight to be reimbursed retroactively for costs of her treatments, as well as a single $25,000 payout for the diagnosis, has been denied by the trial court judge and by the appeals court.

Her attorney said her fight for retroactive benefits under a 2019 Florida law could blaze a new path for hundreds of firefighters statewide, diagnosed with cancer before that statute went into place.“It is a very, very modest, small amount of money for somebody who’s diagnosed with occupational cancer, or occupational condition of any kind,” attorney Geoff Bichler said.

Read the Case.

“What it does not require is colorblindness or “post-racialism” or “racelessness” — if you are choosing not to see your child as Black, the message you are sending is that you value your child only if you strip away something that is integral to her identity, her existence and her sense of self. We will internalize that message, because you are our parents.”

As a Black woman raised by White parents, I have some advice for potential adopters. by Rebecca Carroll

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Hancock Law Firm is closed today in celebration of Veteran’s Day. Thank you to our heroic veterans who have served our nation with bravery, courage, and honor — and their families, whose supporting role in the lives of our servicemembers and veterans is so important.

Happy Veteran’s Day!