Florida Laws, Definitions: Abuse, Adoption & Foster Care

The following information is specific to the State of Florida.  If you reside in another state, you can utilize a search engine to find specific information related to your State Statutes.  For example, search, “Child abuse and neglect laws in Georgia”.

Abuse Hotline | Florida Department of Children and Families


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


    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


    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 


    (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 


    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


    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


    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


    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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