Which services does Florida DCF offer a 'Parent in Need of Assistance'? Specifically a situation where a single parent has physical custody of a mentally ill but high functioning teenager at home?
My friend was urged to call DCF (on her own behalf) but she doesn't want to open herself up to an investigation or incriminate herself because she has a very nasty, vindictive ex-husband who is the father of her mentally ill teenager. This man is irate that he was court ordered to a child support increase with income deduction and much more. When she explained this to me, it sounded like a set up rather than someone genuinely concerned about her and her son. Will calling DCF for herself as a 'Parent in Need of Assistance' be helpful or hurtful. She does not qualify for foodstamps, medicaid, etc.Mother currently and regularly takes child to doctor for medication management and to a psychologist for therapy. Father threatens her emotionally. Father wants custody, trying to create a paper trail of bad mother parenting. Custody would mean he would not pay this substantial child support increase.
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