Department of Children and Families

The Florida Department of Children and Families offers many services designed to assist and support Florida families faced with problems relating to economic uncertainty, disabilities, and domestic safety. It was originally established as its own entity during the 1996 legislative season. This was a reaction to ever-expanding jurisdiction and services of the initial Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, which was separated into the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Children and Families. The department’s home website can be found at http://www.myflfamilies.com/.

Department of Children and Families

Department of Children and Families Helps Stop Abuse and Domestic Violence

The Florida Department of Children and Families provides services to address cases of child abuse, abuse or exploitation of a vulnerable adult, human trafficking, and substance abuse.  More tangibly, the Florida Department of Children and Families functions as a central clearinghouse for funding from the state and federal levels, and this funding is used to provide services like emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis and information hotline (available at 1-800-500-1119), counseling for adults and children, case management, child assessments, education and public advocacy, and specialized training for law enforcement.  The Florida Department of Children and Families maintains 42 certified domestic violence centers for accessibility to all Floridians.  For help finding the nearest domestic violence center to you, visit http://www.fcadv.org/centers/local-centers.

Department of Children and Families Facilitates Adoption, Foster Care, and Welfare

Additionally, the Florida Department of Children and Families facilitates adoption, foster care, and child welfare services, as well as relief services for homelessness.  Funding from state and federal programs is coordinated through the department’s various offices to offer adoption and foster care at little to no cost to host parents, including possible court expenses.  The Florida Department of Children and Families also subsidizes completely free tuition for children who have been adopted out of foster care.  This service is available for adoptees up to the age of 28 who seek enrollment at any Florida state university, community college, or vocational school.  For more information regarding Florida public adoption, visit http://www.adoptflorida.org/.

The Department of Children and Families also administers the Child Welfare Program.  The program’s efforts aim: to prevent the separation of children from their families; to protect dependent children by providing emergency and long-term alternate living arrangements; to reunify families who have had children placed in foster homes or institutions; to permanently place children who cannot be reunited with their families or for whom reunification would not be in the best interest of the child; to facilitate the transition to self-sufficiency for older children who remain in foster care as adolescents; to prepare young adults who exit foster care at age 18 for making the transition to self-sufficiency as adults.

Law Reporting and FALR

The Florida Department of Children and Families’ Office of the Agency Clerk has officially designated the Florida Administrative Law Reports (FALR) as the reporter for all final orders of cases decided before July 1, 2015.  Hence, FALR is the best source for finding indexed orders and administrative hearings from prior to that date.  All orders and hearings entered on and after July 1, 2015 are also available in our database.

We offer a consolidated database of all available administrative caselaw and pertinent judicial decisions, including all Florida Department of Children and Families cases, complete with search functions which allow our users to find the exact case documentation they seek in a single simple step.  Subscribing grants you instant access to our database, which updates automatically as new orders and hearings are entered by Florida courts.  We also offer a print copy subscription, which provides bound book volumes of all indexed cases back to 1979.  Our Supercumulative Indexes are available for free on our website.

The best legal publication for Department of Children and Families Caselaw is
Florida Administrative Law Reports.

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