DCF Quick Facts

Child Welfare

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The Office of Child Welfare is charged with providing for the care, safety, and protection of children in an environment that fosters healthy social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development.

Florida statutes require any person who knows or who has reasonable cause to suspect that a child is abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person responsible for the child’s welfare, or that a child is in need of supervision and care and has no parent or legal custodian, to report such knowledge or suspicion to the Florida Abuse Hotline. (s. 39.201, F.S.)

Child fatality information is available at the Department’s Child Fatality Prevention website.

2014-15, Quarter 1 Program Data

Measure Quarter 1
FY 2014-15
Number of calls forwarded for an Investigation to assess child safety 46,325 46,325
Children in investigations of abuse, abandonment, or neglect 1 64,458 64,458
Children assessed during an investigation resulting in the need for DCF intervention (in home or out of home) 1 5,240 5,240
Children achieving permanency (reunified with parents, adopted, or living with a guardian) within 12 months 2 48.7% 48.7%
Children Adopted 635 635
Newly Licensed Family and Therapeutic Family Foster Homes 3 357 357

Measure Point in Time Count as of 09/30/14
Children who are receiving in-home services 14,780
Children who are in kinship foster care placements 4 10,289
Children who are in licensed foster care placements 4 9,374
Children available for adoption 809
  1. This represents an unduplicated count of children who meet the criteria during the report period. Therefore quarterly counts will not sum to the YTD totals.
  2. This represents permanency based on a cohort of children who were removed 12 months prior to the end of the report period. For example, Quarter 4 performance represents the percent of children removed between 7/1/2013 and 9/30/2013 who achieved permanency within 12 months. FY data is only available at the end of each FY.

  3. This is the count of newly licensed foster homes during the report period where the home was not licensed as of the report period begin date and had a gap of at least 90 days since their prior licensed ended and the new one began.
  4. Foster care includes all children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Kinship foster care is a subset that includes children who are placed with relatives or other person(s) deemed to be a significant person in the child’s life. Licensed foster care is a subset that includes traditional family foster homes, therapeutic foster homes, group homes, residential placements and other settings requiring a license.