What Does the Florida Department of Children and Families Do?


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The Florida Department of Children and Families provides low income families with resources to assist in maintaining good health and achieving financial stability. Some of these resources include food stamps, affordable or free medical insurance coverage and temporary financial aid.

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In addition, the Florida Department of Children and Families offers child support enforcement assistance for single parents who are not receiving support from an absent parent. Full cooperation with all requests made by child support enforcement officers is a requirement for participation in most of the assistance programs available.

Substance abuse assistance is also made available to assist families who face issues related to drug or alcohol abuse. The services offered include prevention, detoxification and drug or alcohol rehabilitation treatment. Mental health services are also offered.

Adult and child protective services are offered through the Florida Department of Children and Families. All cases of reported suspected neglect or abuse on a child or incapacitated adult is investigated. If neglect or abuse is found, the child or adult is removed from the home and placed in a safe environment until the parents or guardians abide by the terms set forth by a family court judge.

Application for most of the programs and services can be completed online through Access Florida, made available on the official website.

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