Office of the General Counsel

Rebecca Kapusta

Rebecca Kapusta
Interim General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel is the  statewide legal office for the Department of Children and Families.  It provides legal advice and representation  to all of the Department’s programs, institutions and administrative staff throughout  Florida.  The lawyers of the Office of General Counsel  provide legal counsel to the Secretary, management and all Department employees  through 16 locations.  The Office also  gives advice regarding the Department to the Legislature, Governor, Cabinet  members, the Court system, and other state and local governmental  agencies.  Our lawyers have expertise in  the following areas, among others:

  • Health and Human  Services
  • Contracts
  • Litigation
  • Constitutional  and Statutory Law
  • Public Records  and Sunshine
  • Ethics
  • Government  Procurement
  • Administrative  Procedures
  • Appeals
  • Human Resources
  • Legislation

The Office is proud to serve the citizens  of Florida through  the Department of Children and Families.

While  this Office can advise citizens regarding the Department’s legal  responsibilities and authority, it is prohibited by law from giving citizens  private legal advice.  Citizens seeking  advice about their personal legal rights should seek counsel from a private  attorney. If you do not know an attorney you should contact the Florida  Bar Lawyer Referral Service, which may be contacted at (800) 342-8011.

On the other hand, should you have any legal questions regarding the responsibilities or the legal authority of the Department you may contact this Office at:

Office of the General Counsel Florida Department of Children & Families 1317 Winewood Blvd. Building 2, Rm. 204 Tallahassee, FL 32399 (850) 488-2381 (Work) (850) 922-3947 (Fax)

Thank you for turning to this Office for information.  We are available to assist whenever you have questions regarding the Department and look forward to serving you.