What are DCF cases and what is the process for them?

DCF cases refer to actions initiated by Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) to terminate parental rights in order to protect a child or children from harm. If you are subject to a DCF action, you can voluntarily give up your parental rights and turn custody over to another party, such as grandparents or other family members. This can be advisable if you are facing a prison sentence or need time to become completely healthy.
If the DCF can present clear and convincing evidence that it is in your child’s best interest, your parental rights can be involuntarily terminated for any of the following reasons:
  • The parent has abandoned the child
  • The parent has failed to comply with a case plan for reunification
  • The parent has engaged in egregious conduct that threatened the life, health or safety of the child
  • The parent will be incarcerated for a substantial period of time during the child’s youth, or for certain serious offenses
A number of other factors can contribute to the termination of parental rights. Removal of a child from parental custody is a drastic measure; however, multiple reasons may meet the standard of clear and convincing evidence.
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