• PART I

GENERAL PROVISIONS

(a) Protection from abuse, abandonment, neglect, and exploitation.

(b) A permanent and stable home.

 1. The health and safety of the children served shall be of paramount concern.
(2) Notwithstanding s. 39.202, if a child death is reported to the central abuse hotline, the department shall post on its website all of the following:

(d) Adequate nutrition, shelter, and clothing.

(o) To preserve and strengthen families who are caring for medically complex children.
(III) The parent or legal custodian, or an adult currently living in or frequently visiting the home, has been previously found to have physically or sexually abused a child;

 

(h) Access to preventive services.

(5) SEXUAL EXPLOITATION SERVICES.—
8. The compliance or lack of compliance of the parent in meeting specified financial obligations pertaining to the care of the child, including the reason for failure to comply, if applicable.

1. To ensure the safety of children.
3. If a guardian ad litem needs to be appointed for the child in a case in which a guardian ad litem has not previously been appointed or if there is a need to continue a guardian ad litem in a case in which a guardian ad litem has been appointed.


(6) MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES.—

(37) “Licensed child-placing agency” means a person, society, association, or institution licensed by the department to care for, receive, or board children and to place children in a licensed child-caring institution or a foster or adoptive home.

1. To ensure the safety of children.

(38) “Licensed health care professional” means a physician licensed under chapter 458, an osteopathic physician licensed under chapter 459, a nurse licensed under part I of chapter 464, a physician assistant licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459, or a dentist licensed under chapter 466.

4. To support families in recovery.

(39) “Likely to injure oneself” means that, as evidenced by violent or other actively self-destructive behavior, it is more likely than not that within a 24-hour period the child will attempt to commit suicide or inflict serious bodily harm on himself or herself.

(9) OFFICE OF ADOPTION AND CHILD PROTECTION.—

(40) “Likely to injure others” means that it is more likely than not that within a 24-hour period the child will inflict serious and unjustified bodily harm on another person.

(b) The Chief Child Advocate shall:

(41) “Mediation” means a process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. It is an informal and nonadversarial process with the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. The role of the mediator includes, but is not limited to, assisting the parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving, and exploring settlement alternatives.