First off, calm down. Remember that DCF (the Florida Department of Children and Families) is a governmental agency, but it still must go to Court to be able to take children away from parents. While they have near unbridled authority to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect of children, nothing can happen to your parental rights without notice and an opportunity to be heard before a judge. Many, many calls to DCF result in no action at all. Many others result in advisories and recommendations of classes and programs to the offending parents. DCF is very cognizant of the goings on in family court proceedings and their investigators give due regard to the fact that many people call in false abuse or neglect reports to gain an advantage in family court. The problem is, you might never know who has called in the report as almost all calls are anonymous (exceptions are calls made by law enforcement or judges). As such, it may also very well be that the report has been called in by a teacher or daycare worker, who is just watching out for your child. With all that being said, here are tips for dealing with DCF.
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