Florida Department of Children and Families

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Florida Department of Children and Families
Florida Department of Children and Families logo 2012.png
Agency overview
Formed1996 (1996)
  • Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is a state agency of Florida. Its headquarters are in Room 202 in Building 1 of the 1317 Winewood Boulevard complex in Tallahassee. The department provides social services to children, adults, refugees, domestic violence victims, human trafficking victims, the homeless community, child care providers, disabled people, elderly.[1]

The department was created in 1996 when the Florida Legislature split the former Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) into two new departments: DCF and the Florida Department of Health.[2]

The Department operates the Florida Civil Commitment Center, in Arcadia.

Appointed Secretaries[edit]

Health and Rehabilitative Services (1969–1996)[edit]

  • James A. Bax – 1969–1971
  • Emmett S. Roberts – 1971–1974
  • Oliver James Keller Jr. – 1974–1975
  • Emmett S. Roberts – 1975
  • William J. Page – 1975-1978
  • Emmett S. Roberts – 1978-1979
  • David H. Pingree – 1979-1980
  • Alvin Taylor – 1980–1981
  • David H. Pingree – 1981–1987
  • Gregory L. Coler – 1987–1991
  • Bob Williams – 1991–1993
  • Buddy MacKay (acting) – March–July 1993
  • Jim Towey – 1993–1995
  • Ed Feaver – 1995–1996

Department of Children and Families (1997–present)[edit]

Community-Based Care[edit]

Community-Based Care is an initiative of DCF to improve its Child Welfare and Foster Care Services by contracting with local not-for-profit social services agencies through a competitive procurement process designed to engage community stakeholders. Its goals are to increase accountability, resource development, local community ownership, and system performance. [3]

Lead Agencies[4][edit]

Region/Circuit Lead Agency Website
1 Lakeview Center, Families First Network http://www.familiesfirstnetwork.org/FamiliesFirstNetwork/
2,14 Big Bend Community Based Care, Inc. http://www.bigbendcbc.org
3,8 Partnership for Strong Families http://www.pfsf.org
4 (Duval, Nassau) Family Support Services of North Florida, Inc. http://www.fssjax.org/
4 (Clay) Kids First of Florida, Inc. http://www.kidsfirstofflorida.org/
7 (St. Johns) St Johns County Board of County Commissioners http://www.co.st-johns.fl.us/fip
7 (Flagler, Volusia, Putnam) Community Partnership for Children, Inc. http://www.communitypartnershipforchildren.org
6 (Pasco, Pinellas) Eckerd Community Alternatives http://www.eckerd.org/programs-services/system-of-care-management/eckerd-community-alternatives-pasco-pinellas/
12 Sarasota Family YMCA, Inc. http://www.safechildrencoalition.org/
13 (Hillsborough) Eckerd Community Alternatives http://www.eckerd.org/programs-services/system-of-care-management/eckerd-community-alternatives-hillsborough/
20 Children's Network of SW Florida http://www.childnetswfl.org/
5 Kids Central, Inc. http://www.kidscentralinc.org/
9, 18 (Orange, Osceola, Seminole) Community Based Care of Central Florida http://www.cbccfl.org/
10 Heartland For Children http://www.heartlandforchildren.org
18 (Brevard) Brevard Family Partnership http://www.brevardfp.org/
15, 17 (Palm Beach, Broward) ChildNet Inc. http://www.childnet.us/
19 Devereux Community Based Care, Inc. http://www.devereux.org/site/PageServer?pagename=cbc_home
11,16 (Dade, Monroe) Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc. http://www.OurKids.us

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About the Department of Children and Families." Florida Department of Children and Families. Retrieved on October 26, 2010. "1317 Winewood Boulevard Building 1, Room 202 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0700"
  2. ^ "Florida Department of Health - FDOH" United States Department of Health and Human Services website
  3. ^ "Community-Based Care | Florida Department of Children and Families". www.myflfamilies.com. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  4. ^ "Lead Agency Websites | Florida Department of Children and Families". www.myflfamilies.com. Retrieved 2016-04-05.

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