Who is the Licensing Agency?
There are two state agencies that license family foster homes.
of Children and Families (DCF) licenses
family foster homes for children through privatized child-placing agencies.
To obtain licensing information or program participation
information, please visit their website at the following
DCF Foster Care Program
The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) also
licenses foster homes for the disabled. To get APD
foster home licensing information, please visit their
website at the following link: (APD
Website). The Department of Health does not
conduct any regulatory inspection of APD foster homes.
What does an Environmental Health physical plant/group care inspection cover?
an interagency agreement with DCF, the Department of Health inspects the physical plant of foster homes using DCF's Family Foster Care
rule, Chapter 65C-13 of the Florida
Administrative Code (FAC). There are no DOH state
group care program
license required or issued, but an inspection is completed at
the request of the foster home's DCF privatized placement agency.
foster homes, licensed by the Department of Children and
an environmental health inspection ensures good environmental health
standards are in place at the home for
children placed there. Our purpose is to prevent or minimize the risk of transmitting disease,
injury, or bodily harm from environmental conditions. The list below includes
all the primary areas the environmental health inspector checks for during their inspection visit.
Areas Related To Disease Control and Injury Prevention Need Special Attention
- Food Holding Temperatures
- Vermin/Animal Control
- Water Supply
- Garbage and Rubbish Removal
- Septic Systems
- Check the Refrigerator to Ensure it can Maintain a Safe Temperature
- Check that toilet and bath plumbing are in working
- Check if septic system is in failure
- Check garbage trash removal schedule
- Check for screening on windows/doors when applicable
- Water Temperature at the indoor faucet will not scald
- Review water supply test results for homes on
Good management practices for facility pest control and head lice information.
Information can be found at the University of Florida's web site
Integrated Pest Management.
Physical Plant Inspections?
Yes - DCF Rule - 65C-13, FAC. Through an interagency agreement, Environmental Health only applies portions of section
65C-13.030 (72Kb PDF)
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