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Residential Group Care Licensing

The Department of Children and Families is statutorily responsible for the licensing of residential child caring agencies within the state of Florida.  Department licensed residential child caring agencies, also referred to as residential group care or group homes, provide 24 hour staffed supervision and care to children who cannot safely remain in their own home.  These children have been removed from their caregiver and placed in the Department’s custody.  

The Department does not license all residential group care settings in Florida.  Other state agencies licensing residential group care settings include the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

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