APD > Family Care Council

About the FCCs

In 1993, the Florida Legislature created the Family Care Councils (Chapter 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.

FCC Membership

Official Family Care Council (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 and reflects the geographical areas and the various disabilities served by the agency.

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.

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 to discuss and make recommendations on current issues and concerns affecting the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

FCC Website