Child welfare officials are launching a new campaign encouraging parents to educate themselves about who they are leaving their children with.
The Florida Department of Children and Families' campaign will target parents and guardians of children under the age of 4 who rely on child care and may be using a caregiver they know little about.
State officials say more than 25 percent of child protective investigations last year involved a non-relative caregiver as the alleged perpetrator. This represents more than 12,000 incidents of verified maltreatment at the hands of a non-relative caregiver in 2013.
DCF is partnering with more than 30 statewide agencies and organizations in the public awareness campaign, which includes networks of pediatricians and child protective investigators.