A Residential child-caring agency is a Department of Children and Families (DCF) licensed residential facility or agency which provides staffed 24-hour care for children in residential facilities. Various types of residential child-caring agencies include, but are not limited to, maternity homes, runaway shelters, group homes that are administered by an agency, emergency shelters that are not in private residences, and wilderness camps. Residential child-caring agencies do not include hospitals, boarding schools, summer or recreation camps, nursing homes, or facilities operated by a governmental agency for the training, treatment, or secure care of delinquent youth, or facilities licensed under Florida Statutes (FS) 393.067 or s. 394.875 or chapter 397.
In general the Department of Health (DOH) provides an environmental health inspection of the food service area to ensure basic food safety and sanitation standards are followed. Per subsection 409.175(6)(e) of the Florida Statutes (F.S), and at the request of DCF, DOH will conduct an annual routine inspection at DCF licensed residential child-caring agencies and apply designated food safety standards, which are located in DCF rule 65C-14.010 of the Florida Administrative Code (FAC). The request from DCF is made through to the local County Health Department (CHD) in the county that the facility operates. An environmental health inspector from the local CHD will conduct the inspection and provide the inspection results to DCF.
At child-caring agencies, the following food safety and sanitation items are assessed. Please note: the food safety standards are applicable based on the maximum number of residents the building is approve to house.
Capacities up to 12 residents:
Capacities over 12 residents:
Information can be found at the University of Florida's web site Integrated Pest Management.