Florida Laws, Definitions: Abuse, Adoption & Foster Care

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Abuse Hotline | Florida Department of Children and Families

www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/abuse-hotline

Any allegations a child was abused or neglected by a caregiver will be  transferred to the appropriate local law enforcement agency where the child lives.

  1. 827.03 – Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine

    www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?…

    Florida Legislature

    Online Sunshine Logo. Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature  827.03 Abuse, aggravated abuse, and neglect of a child; penalties.—. (1) DEFINITIONS.

  2. 39.201 – Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine

    www.leg.state.fl.us/statuTes/index.cfm?…

    Florida Legislature

    Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature  39.201 Mandatory reports of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect; mandatory reports of death; central abuse 

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    Definitions from Florida Statutes Chapter 39 (b) “Child abuse 

    qol.nova.edu/pdf/DefinitionsfromFloridaStatutesChapter39.pdf

    (b) “Child abuse” means abandonment, abuse, harm, mental injury, neglect,  childor, in the absence of a parent or legal custodian, the caregiver, while being 

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    DCF Reporting Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults – Florida 

    www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/abuse/publications/mandatedreporters.pdf

    The name of any person reporting child abuse, neglect or abandonment,  protective services, the Florida Abuse Hotline, law enforcement, the Child Protection.

  5. Chapter 827 Section 03 – 2011 Florida Statutes – The Florida Senate

    www.flsenate.gov › … › Title XLVI › Chapter 827

    Florida Senate

    Abuse, aggravated abuse, and neglect of a child penalties.  A person who commits aggravated child abuse commits a felony of the first degree, punishable as 

  6. Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect

    https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/…/define.cfm

    Provides State laws that define the conduct, acts, and omissions that constitute child abuse or neglect that must be reported to child protective agencies.

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    Child Abuse Prevention Sourcebook for Florida School Personnel

    www.fldoe.org/ese/pdf/chiabuse.pdf

    Florida Department of Education
    by COF FORM – ‎Related articles

    Recognizing the Abused or Neglected Child .  ……………………………………7. C. Indicators of Child Abuse and Neglect .  A. Florida Law on Reporting Child Abuse .

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    a professionals guide to child abuse and neglect in florida

    fssjax.org/pdf/FSS-Abuse-prevention.pdf

    the first line of defense against child abuse and neglect. Suspicion on the part of a teacher, school nurse, childcare provider, physician or law enforcement officer 

     

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