Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Department of Children and Families

What is the purpose of the department?

The Department of Children and Families works in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.

What services does the department provide?

The department organizes its activities around services for various client populations.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2021-22
Fund Dollars Positions
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF
ADMINISTRATION
PROGRAM: EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP
EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
85,726,651
720.25
PROGRAM: SUPPORT SERVICES
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
64,878,547
232.00
SERVICES
PROGRAM: COMMUNITY SERVICES
COMMUNITY SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
1,067,038,734
99.00
PROGRAM: ECONOMIC SELF SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM
ECONOMIC SELF SUFFICIENCY SERVICES
1,417,193,156
4,241.00
PROGRAM: FAMILY SAFETY PROGRAM
FAMILY SAFETY AND PRESERVATION SERVICES
1,652,450,256
3,800.00
PROGRAM: MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
380,530,282
3,138.50
TOTAL
4,667,817,626
12,230.75

Updates

Quality Office. The DCF Accountability Act, signed into law in 2020, established the Quality Office within the department, which is responsible for developing and implementing uniform, outcome-based performance metrics to monitor both internal programs and contracted vendors throughout the state. As of December 2020, the Quality Office had reviewed over 1,700 open child welfare cases and developed processes to enhance child safety in real time.

Family First Prevention Services Act. The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) of 2018 included provisions to help prevent children from entering foster care by allowing federal reimbursements for evidence-based mental health services, substance use treatment, and in-home parenting skills training. The Act also limits the use of residential group care for children and youth served by the child welfare system. Since 2018, the department has conducted a series of statewide engagement activities to obtain input from department regional and community-based care staff and other community partners to inform decision-making for policy and practice changes, educate stakeholders, and increase awareness of FFPSA provisions. The department also convened a statewide workgroup to analyze FFPSA requirements and submit recommendations to the department. The department continues to work in collaboration with child welfare stakeholders to develop policies and draft the title IV-E prevention plan. Activities still in progress include finalizing policies to support the title IV-E prevention programming and licensing of child-caring agencies as specified FFPSA setting types, and developing local community title IV-E prevention plans that will feed into the state level prevention plan.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
The Auditor General reports on department operations are available on its website.

Websites of Interest
Florida Institute for Child Welfare
Florida's Center for Child Welfare
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
American Public Human Services Association
Center for Law and Social Policy
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
National Center for Children in Poverty
Chronical of Social Change

Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan and Planning and Performance Measures, which reports the department's performance on external and internal measures for its various programs. The measures allow the user to view performance at both a statewide and geographic region level.

What are the applicable statutes?

Section 20.19, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Department of Children and Families

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