Protecting and Monitoring Children in Day Care and Child Care Facilities – the Rilya Wilson Act


The Rilya Wilson Act is a Florida law that was passed in memory of a child who slipped through the Florida foster care / protective custody system. The purpose of this law is to make day care centers, child care centers, and the Department of Children and Families accountable for keeping track of and monitoring the health, safety, and welfare of children who are under court ordered protective supervision. If a child is absent from a day care or child care center for 2 consecutive unexcused absences or 7 consecutive excused absences, officials with the local designated staff of the Family Safety Program Office of the Florida Department of Children and Families must be contacted. This action will notify DCF about a potential problem and to further investigate the whereabouts, health, and condition of that child.

You can read the full text of the Florida Statute entitled the Rilya Wilson Act at Section 39.604, Florida Statutes.