Okaloosa County Child, Youth, and Family Services

Find Okaloosa County Florida child, youth, and family services. Child, youth, and family services provide support in all aspects of child and family welfare, including social services, abuse services, and protection services.

Crestview City Youth Center 100 Hathaway Street South Crestview FL 32539 850-682-4715

Niceville Youth Center 204 Camellia Place Niceville FL 32578 850-729-0758

What is Child, Youth, and Family Services?

Okaloosa County Offices of Child and Family Services (OCFS) are Florida State, Okaloosa County, or local government agencies that provide programs and services to improve the economic and social well-being of children, youth, and families in Okaloosa County, FL. Protective services and certain regulatory functions may also be among the responsibilities of an Okaloosa County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

You may contact Children and Family Services for questions about:
  • Okaloosa County Child, Youth, and Family Services programs
  • Child abuse and maltreatment
  • Okaloosa County adoptions, foster care, and group homes
  • Social services programs
  • SNAP Food Stamp program in Okaloosa County, Florida
Okaloosa County Child and Family Services

Economic security services range from emergency assistance and income support programs to services that help Okaloosa County families become more financially self-sufficient. Common types of emergency assistance include energy assistance, housing assistance, and support following natural disasters or other crises. Child, Youth, and Family Services Departments help build economic independence by offering Okaloosa County job training, education assistance, assistance connecting with employers, and childcare subsidy programs. They are also the point of access for some federal assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as the Okaloosa County Food Stamp Program.

Child Welfare & Safety

Children's welfare services are among the chief responsibilities of Child, Youth, and Family Services in Okaloosa County. In Florida, the department may be responsible for regulating child placement agencies involved in adoptions, foster care, and transitional placements. For children that age out of foster care, a transition resource office provides independent living services to aid in the transition from foster home to self-sufficiency. Child, Youth, and Family Services also regulate and license Okaloosa County child day care providers, and they may also certify childcare workers. Okaloosa County DCFS offices may provide early childhood development services, such as early intervention for developmental delays and school readiness programs. Florida Child, Youth, and Family Services may help to enforce child support.

Okaloosa County Group Homes

Child, Youth, and Family Services Departments are also responsible for Okaloosa County group homes where individuals with disabilities reside and receive supportive services. The agency may operate group homes with in-house resources, or they may contract operations to other organizations.

Abuse Victim Services

Okaloosa County DCFS offices respond to cases of child abuse, domestic abuse, elderly or adult abuse, and human trafficking. These services usually feature a telephone helpline and other means for reporting abuse or threatening situations. They also connect victims and survivors to advocates and supportive services, such as safe shelter and counseling in Okaloosa County, Florida.