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The 2021 Florida Statutes

Title V
JUDICIAL BRANCH
Chapter 39
PROCEEDINGS RELATING TO CHILDREN
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F.S. 39.0142
139.0142 Notifying law enforcement officers of parent or caregiver names.Beginning March 1, 2021, the Department of Law Enforcement shall provide information to law enforcement officers stating whether a person is a parent or caregiver who is currently the subject of a child protective investigation for alleged child abuse, abandonment, or neglect or is a parent or caregiver of a child who has been allowed to return to or remain in the home under judicial supervision after an adjudication of dependency. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement shall provide this data via a Florida Crime Information Center query into the department’s child protection database.
(1) If a law enforcement officer has an interaction with a parent or caregiver as described in this section and the interaction results in the officer having concern about a child’s health, safety, or well-being, the officer shall report relevant details of the interaction to the central abuse hotline immediately after the interaction even if the requirements of s. 39.201, relating to a person having actual knowledge or suspicion of abuse, abandonment, or neglect, are not met.
(2) The central abuse hotline shall provide any relevant information to:
(a) The child protective investigator, if the parent or caregiver is the subject of a child protective investigation; or
(b) The child’s case manager and the attorney representing the department, if the parent or caregiver has a child under judicial supervision after an adjudication of dependency.
History.s. 3, ch. 2020-40.
1Note.Section 11, ch. 2020-40, provides that “[u]ntil all systems enhancements and integrations required to implement the provisions of s. 39.0142, Florida Statutes, are complete and in production, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families, shall submit quarterly status reports to the Office of Policy and Budget in the Executive Office of the Governor and the chair of each legislative appropriations committee. Each report must detail progress made to date on each activity needed to implement the technology provisions of the bill.”