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Child Protection Program, Report No. 01-14, March 2001
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The Child Protection Program provides for the care, safety, and protection of abused or neglected children through five major services – the Florida Abuse Hotline, protective investigations, in-home services, out-of-home services, and adoptions. During Fiscal Year 1999-2000, 235,823 calls were made to the Florida Abuse Hotline, of which 164,464 were serious enough to be investigated. During the same time period, the program identified 76,494 victims of abuse and neglect, provided protective supervision to 27,249 families, provided out-of-home services to 31,329 children, and placed 931 children in adoptive homes.

Our review of the program determined that

  • the program provides beneficial services to clients and should be continued;
  • the department is the appropriate state agency to be responsible for child protection services;
  • the program has not met its legislative goals for keeping children safe from abuse and neglect and for finding children permanent homes and must take additional steps to implement more effective child protection strategies; and
  • the department must address the challenges it faces in transitioning foster care and related services to community-based care lead agencies.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Children and Families
Family Safety

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-50 Child Welfare System Performance Mixed in First Year of Statewide Community-Based Care, published in June 2006.
  • Report No. 06-05 Additional Improvements Are Needed as DCF Redesigns Its Lead Agency Oversight Systems, published in January 2006.
  • Report No. 04-67 Progress Report: DCF Implements Recommendations, But Some Delays Still Occurring in Residential Mental Health Assessment Process, published in September 2004.
  • Report No. 04-65 OPPAGA Report: DCF Improves Readiness Assessment Process; However, Additional Changes Are Needed, published in September 2004.
  • Report No. 04-55 Progress Report: Children’s Advocacy Centers Authorized to Receive State Funds, But Need Additional Accountability, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 04-15 Special Report:  DCF’s Lead Agency Readiness Assessment Process Meets Statutory Requirements, But Needs Strengthening, published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 04-03 Special Report: DCF Needs to Improve Child Protection Staff Training and Clarify DCF and Lead Agency Roles, published in January 2004.
  • Report No. 03-09 Progress Report: Child Protection Program Makes Needed Changes But Lacks Data for Evaluating Results of Initiatives, published in January 2003.
  • Report No. 03-03 Special Review: Residential Mental Health Assessment Process Working Well with Minor Delays, published in January 2003.
  • Report No. 02-65 Progress Report: The Department Still Lacks Data Needed to Assess the Child Safety Administrative Review Process, published in December 2002.
  • Report No. 02-44 Special Review: Children’s Advocacy Centers Appear Beneficial But Have Limited Accountability, published in August 2002.
  • Report No. 02-16 Progress Report of Justification Review: Child Protection Program, Department of Children and Families, published in March 2002.
  • Report No. 01-38 Program Review: Legislature Should Establish Foster Care Excess Federal Earnings Program Despite Slow Start,  published in August 2001.
  • Report No. 01-06 Performance Review: Client Characteristics and Outcomes Are Similar for Both Administrative and Judicial Review of Child Abuse Cases, published in February 2001.
  • Report No. 99-20 Status Report: Department of Children and Families’ Child Protective Investigation Administrative Review Process, published in December 1999.
  • Report No. 98-26 Subjects of Child Protective Investigations: Survey Results and Case Characteristics, published in December 1998.
  • Report No. 98-20 Review of the Provision of Administrative Services in Florida's Health and Human Services Agencies, published in November 1998.
  • Report No. 96-44 Evaluation of Child Welfare Legal Services Pilot Projects, published in January 1997.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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