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Essential Services

Find benefits and services in the state of Florida for children, families, seniors and people with disabilities.

Public Assistance

Our Office of Economic Self-Sufficiency helps promote strong and economically self-sufficient communities by determining eligibility for food, cash, and medical assistance for individuals and families in Florida.

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Child & Family Services

The Florida Department of Children and Families is committed to the well-being of children and their families. Our responsibilities encompass a wide-range of services, including – among other things – assistance to families working to stay safely together or be reunited, foster care, youth and young adults transitioning from foster care to independence, adoption.

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Child and Family Services

Abuse Services

Find help, resources and report abuse, neglect, domestic violence and human trafficking.

Abuse Hotline

The Florida Abuse Hotline accepts reports 24 hours a day and 7 days a week of known or suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment and reports of known or suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

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Human Trafficking

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Abuse Hotline

Substance Abuse & Mental Health

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program is responsible for the oversight of a statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders.

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    Find Help

    • If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call 800-273-8255 right away.
    • If you or someone you know is in need of substance abuse and/or mental health services: Find Local Services by County
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health


    Licensure information for Child Care, Foster Care, SAMH, Group Home and Emergency Notices and Orders.

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    Background Screening

    Find statute, regulatory agency, group and individuals subject to screening.

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    Background screenings and licensing

    Parenting & Child Development

    Positive Parenting Tips that Promote Good Behavior in Early Childhood

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    Positive Parenting Guide

    This guide provides information about: Child development from birth through the teen years; Tips for creating the stimulating and nurturing environments children need; Tips for managing the challenges of family life; and Contact information for valuable community resources.

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    Positive Parenting

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