Florida Department of Children and Families

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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]

Appointed Secretaries[edit]

Kathleen Kearney - 1998–2002

Jerry Regier - 2002–2004

Lucy Hadi - 2004–2006

Bob Butterworth - 2006–2008

George Sheldon - 2008–2011

David Wilkins - 2011–2013

Esther Jacobo - 2013–2014

Mike Carroll - 2014–present

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
Northwest
1 Lakeview Center, Families First Network http://www.familiesfirstnetwork.org/FamiliesFirstNetwork/
2,14 Big Bend Community Based Care, Inc. http://www.bigbendcbc.org
Northeast
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
Suncoast
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/
Central
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/
Southeast
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
Southern
11,16 (Dade, Monroe) Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc. http://www.OurKids.us

See also[edit]

References[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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