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Children's Legal Services

For Families

African-American family

CLS advocates for the safety, well-being, and permanency of Florida’s children who are involved in dependency court proceedings. Dependency court governs cases that come to the attention of the Department of Children and Families through the Florida Abuse Hotline. Dependency court is not the same as Family Court, and CLS does not handle Family Court cases such as custody issues, child support, or divorce proceedings. We hope that you find the information below helpful.

Helpful Information for Families

Family Court Information

Dependency Court Information