In 1993, the Florida Legislature created the Family Care Councils (Section 393.502, Florida Statutes) in each service area of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) to advise the agency, develop a plan for the delivery of family support services within the local area, and monitor the implementation and effectiveness of services and supports provided under the plan.
While the Agency for Persons with Disabilities has the responsibility for the health and safety of individuals with developmental disabilities, the Family Care Councils (FCCs) are governor-appointed volunteers who educate Floridians with developmental disabilities and their families about services and resources so they may live meaningful and integrated lives in their community.
There are 15 local FCCs throughout the state. Each council is made up of 10 to 15 members which reflects the geographical areas and the various disabilities, ethnicity, and ages served by the agency. The membership is comprised of individuals with developmental disabilities, parents, siblings, grandparents, and guardians of people with developmental disabilities who qualify for APD services.
In addition, each council is independent from the others. Most FCCs are active with other local organizations and partner to provide community forums, events, and conferences to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.