About Us

What is the Child Protection Team?

Child Protection Team - Children's Medical ServicesChild Protection Teams are independent, community-based programs that provide expertise in evaluating alleged maltreatments of child abuse and neglect, assessing risk factors, and providing recommendations for interventions to protect children and enhance families’ capacities to provide a safer environment when possible.

CPT services supplement the child protective investigation activities of the Department of Children and Families and law enforcement.

Anyone who knows or has reason to suspect that a child has been abused, abandoned or neglected by a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person responsible for the child’s welfare is required by law to report such knowledge to the Florida Abuse Hotline by calling the toll free number 1-800-96-ABUSE.

To learn more about the Child Protection Team, you can watch these videos from the Ilene Silverman Show.

Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council partners with the University of Florida Child Protection Team in assessing community strengths and weaknesses in the management of child abuse and neglect cases.

The goals of the Community Advisory Council are:

  • Advise the CPT Medical Director and University of Florida Department of Pediatrics Chairman about community needs in regards to child abuse and case management.
  • Advise the CPT Medical Director about community resources and improvement of community resources.
  • Develop strategic plans for CPT to better serve the needs of abused children in the community.
  • Assess deficiencies in community in regards to child abuse and case management and promote legislation or advocate as necessary.
  • Review budget information received from CPT Statewide Medical Director and/or CPT Medical Director.
  • Make recommendations regarding fund raising fund raising and other financial requirements to ensure the efficient and affective operation of CPT.

View the list of Community Advisory Council members

Your Support

We rely on the generous contributions from individuals, businesses, and community organizations to help us provide services to the abused and neglected children we serve. If you or somebody you know would like to help support the services that we offer to your community please contact your local Child Protection Team and find out how you can help.

To get an idea of how you can help out, view our Wish List

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Section 39.303, Florida Statutes, authorizes the Children’s Medical Services Program in the Department of Health to develop, maintain, and coordinate child protection team services through contracts with local community-based programs.