APD > Family Care Council
About the FCCs
The Family Care Councils (FCCs) are groups of volunteers who advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families. In 1993, the Florida Legislature created the FCCs (Chapter 393.502, Florida Statutes) in each service area of 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.
Official FCC members are appointed by the governor. Each council consists of individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as, parents, siblings, grandparents, and guardians of people with developmental disabilities who qualify for APD services. Each council is made up of 10 to 15 members. The council membership reflects the geographical areas and the various disabilities, ethnicity, and ages served by the agency. All interested persons are encouraged to become committee members of their local councils.
By law, each potential member must first be recommended for appointment by a majority vote of the local council. The application is called Questionnaire for Gubernatorial Appointments and must be submitted to the Governor’s office by the council recommending the applicant for appointment. Local FCC bylaws require attendance at a certain number of meeting before recommending an applicant. Several councils have established council associates through bylaws for individuals who want to be involved but do not qualify to serve or wish to be appointed by the governor. These members may serve on committees but may not vote.
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.
Local FCC Contacts
Family Care Council Florida
A requirement in Section 393.502, F.S. is to “meet and share information with other local family care councils”. For this purpose, the FCCs created the statewide council known as the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF). A chairperson or representative from each council meets bimonthly in central Florida to discuss and make recommendations on current issues and concerns affecting the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Invited speakers provide education and training not available in the local areas.