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.

2016-17, Quarter 3 Program Data

2016-17, Quarter 2 Program Data
Quarter 3 Total FY 2016-17 Total
Number of calls forwarded for an Investigation to assess child safety 52,248 151,011
Children in investigations of abuse, abandonment, or neglect 1 71,425 207,153
Children assessed during an investigation resulting in the need for DCF intervention (in home or out of home) 1 5,359 16,214
Children achieving permanency (reunified with parents, adopted, or living with a guardian) within 12 months 2 41.4% 41.4%
Children Adopted 782 2,626
Newly Licensed Family and Therapeutic Family Foster Homes 3 379 1,177

2016-17, Quarter 3 Program Data
Point in Time Count as of 5/2/2017
Children who are receiving in-home services 11,963
Children who are in kinship foster care placements 4 13,736
Children who are in licensed foster care placements 4 10,358
Children available for adoption 718
  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.