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Does DCF have any legal weight outside of it's jurisdiction?

Jacksonville, FL |

DCF ordered a shelter hearing to place my daughter with me( the father) and away from her mom. The hearing was in bevard county I live in clay. DCF wants to meet me in duval county. It doesnt sit right with me. Do they have rights in other countys?

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  1. DCF is a statewide agency and has jurisdiction throughout the state. Different people may represent DCF in different counties - for example child protective investigators in some counties are also law enforcement officers while in other counties they are not, but the agency itself is statewide and has statewide jurisdiction.

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