Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

November 21, 2011
Erin Gillespie, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 459-2063

~ Answers to many frequently asked media questions are available online ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Children and Families gets many questions every day related to the services provided to help all Floridians enjoy a better future. Much of this information is available online as our department continues to provide timely information to the media and public on our work and progress.

How many people are currently receiving food or cash assistance?
To see the number of recipients of food assistance, cash assistance or Medicaid, from 1993 to today, or to see the amounts of food stamp or cash assistance issuance from 2002 to today, please click You can scroll through each program, each month and each circuit or individual counties at the top of this page. For more information about these benefits, including program rules and policies, please click

How many child protective investigations did we conduct last year?
The Department, through a partnership with the University of South Florida, has created the Center for Child Welfare online at

  • Click on "Child Protective Investigation Trend Report" to get data on how many investigations, what type of abuse is alleged and if the findings were verified for abuse.
  • Click on "Child Welfare Performance Measures Trend Report" to see federal measures regarding a child’s length of stay in care, reunifications and adoption numbers.
  • Click on "Child Welfare Services Trend Report" for information on removal rates and discharges of children, including those aging out of foster care.
  • Other information includes the Per Capita Child Abuse Rate and the Percent of Children (in investigations) by Age and Race.

How can I get an inspection report for a child care home or facility?
To get copies of inspections at any licensed facility in the state of Florida, please go to You can search by county, name or ZIP code. Inspection reports are available only for licensed homes or facilities. Registered day care homes and religious-exempt facilities are not licensed or inspected by the department. For more information about child care regulations, please click

Where can I find more information about all of the services and programs DCF offers?
To find out detailed information about each of our program areas, including Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Refugee Services, go to our Quick Facts brochure, which is updated regularly. It provides numbers of people served along with budget information.

Who should I call with media questions? Who is in charge of a specific program or geographic area at DCF?
To get contact information for our communications staff, the communications staff at the local community-based care organizations and to read short bios of our executive leadership, please see the DCF Media Guide at

What are other ways I can find out about Department news or initiatives?