Office of Adoption and Child Protection

Phone: (850) 717-9261
Fax: (850) 921-0173

Office of Adoption and Child Protection

The Office of Adoption and Child Protection was created, within the Executive Office of the Governor, for the purpose of establishing a comprehensive statewide approach for the promotion of adoption, support of adoptive families and prevention of child abuse, abandonment and neglect. The duties and responsibilities of the Office of Adoption and Child Protection are enshrined in Section 39.001, Florida Statutes (§39.001, FS), entitled Proceedings Relating to Children. The Office of Adoption and Child Protection is led by Director and Chief Child Advocate Zackary Gibson.

The Office of Adoption and Child Protection is the Governor’s liaison with agencies, governments and the public on matters that relate to the promotion of adoption, support of adoptive families, and child abuse prevention. The Office of Adoption and Child Protection is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of a strategic program and funding initiative that links the separate jurisdictional activities of state agencies with respect to the promotion of adoption, support of adoptive families, and child abuse prevention. The Office of Adoption and Child Protection oversees statewide public awareness campaigns and cultivates public and private support for these campaigns. With the assistance of the Department of Children and Families the Office of Adoption and Child Protection advises the Governor and Legislature on the status of the strategic plan. To read the 2013 Annual Report for the Office of Adoption and Child Protection, please click here.

The Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection also leads, staffs, or supports the following:

Adoption

Child Abuse Prevention and Permanency Plan

Florida Children and Youth Cabinet 
Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council
Operation Strong Families

Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection’s Meeting Advisories

Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection
400 South Monroe Street
The Capitol, Suite 2002
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001
 

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