by Elizabeth M. Boyle, Esquire
This is a compilation of resources parents and families facing a child welfare case in Florida may find useful.
1. Child Welfare Grievance policy and sample grievance form for parents: Download SCC DCF Grievance Procedure and Download SCC Safe Children Coalition DCF Complaint Form
2. Any client or companion who believes they have been discriminated against upon the basis of their race, sex, national origin, or disability have the right to file a complaint of discrimination within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act with:
United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Attention: Office of Civil Rights
Atlanta Federal Center, Suite 3B70
61 Forsyth Street, S. W.
Atlanta, GA 30303-8909
(404) 562-7881; TDD (404) 331-2867
3. Parent's Handbook created by Bradenton, Florida, Safe Children Coalition, containing basic explanation of Dependency Proceedings and Budget Form. Download Parents Handbook with Budget Form
4. Sample Parent's Case Plan Basic Outline in Spanish (en Espanol). Download Parents Case Plan Tasks Translated to Spanish En Espanol
5. It is very important for a parent to keep accurate records to be able to prove that they have completed any case plan tasks they have been required to complete. Attached hereto are forms that will help parents keep those records. Download Documenting Your DCF case Forms to Track Case Plan Compliance
6. Rise Magazine- Stories by Parents Facing the Child Welfare System. http://www.risemagazine.org/
7. Florida Juvenile Rules of Civil Procedure. http://www.floridabar.org/TFB/TFBResources.nsf/Attachments/E2AD7DEF01F6F90685256B29004BFA7E/$FILE/Juvenile.pdf
8. Florida Children First; includes resources for parents. www.floridaschildrenfirst.org
9. Dependency Benchbook. This is the reference book written for the judges and judicial officers of Florida who preside over Dependency and TPR cases. Dependency Benchbook Unabridged. Updated 2017/01/11. http://www.flcourts.org/core/fileparse.php/559/urlt/DependencyBenchbookUnabridged.pdf "Florida’s dependency law is a complex mixture of federal requirements, state regulations, and ever-developing case law. In addition, research, dialogue, and system reforms are constantly unfolding. All of this must be expertly considered to address the safety, permanency, and well-being of children." Id.