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					 Diligent Search
 Training Manual




Department of Children and Families
   Child Welfare Legal Services
      Joyce L. Miller, District Legal Counsel – Circuit 5
     Michael H. Hopkins, Managing Attorney – Circuit 5
       Jane McGloine, Paralegal Specialist – Circuit 5



                          Fall, 2007
                                                TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ......................................................................................................................................3
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS ........................................................................................................................4
WHEN TO BEGIN A DILIGENT SEARCH................................................................................................6
GETTING STARTED ................................................................................................................................7
THE DILIGENT SEARCH PROCESS IN GREATER DETAIL ..................................................................9
SWORN STATEMENT REGARDING IDENTITY OF PARENT..............................................................13
UNANSWERED QUESTIONS REGARDING PATERNITY ....................................................................16
MISSING PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE ..................................................................................................17
IDENTITY OF UNKNOWN FATHER ......................................................................................................18
PUTATIVE FATHER REGISTRY............................................................................................................21
DILIGENT SEARCH REQUEST FORM .................................................................................................27
YOUR DILIGENT SEARCH FILE ...........................................................................................................29
TRACKING TABLE .................................................................................................................................31
THE INTERNET......................................................................................................................................33
ON-LINE INMATE LOCATORS ..............................................................................................................42
ON-LINE PUBLIC RECORDS ................................................................................................................45
ACCURINT .............................................................................................................................................46
HOW TO LOCATE PARENTS WHO ARE MOVING TARGETS ............................................................53
STATE AND FEDERAL PARENT LOCATOR SERVICE........................................................................54
LOCATING A PARENT WHO MAY BE OUT OF THE COUNTRY.........................................................57
SECURITY AND PROTECTION OF PERSONAL IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION ...............................59
PHONE CALLS.......................................................................................................................................60
LETTERS................................................................................................................................................61
STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR RELEASE OF INFORMATION ..........................................................64
MAIL MERGE .........................................................................................................................................67
HOW TO OBTAIN A PHYSICAL ADDRESS FROM A BOXHOLDER....................................................69
IMPORTANT TIPS TO REMEMBER ......................................................................................................71
SAMPLE AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT SEARCH ......................................................................................72
SAMPLE AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT SEARCH - FOREIGN CITIZEN ....................................................79
SAMPLE AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT SEARCH TEMPLATE...................................................................85
SAMPLE AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT SEARCH TEMPLATE FOR MARION COUNTY...........................89
STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE WITH FS 39.503..............................................................................100

90/12/07




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Introduction
Florida Statute 39.01(23) defines a diligent search as “the efforts of a social service agency to locate a
parent or prospective parent whose identity or location is unknown, initiated as soon as the social service
agency is made aware of the existence of such parent, with the search progress reported at each court
hearing until the parent is either identified and located or the court excuses such further search.” A
diligent search shall include interviews with persons who are likely to have information about the identity
or location of the person being sought, comprehensive database searches, and records searches,
including searches of employment, residence, utilities, Armed Forces, vehicle registration, child support
enforcement, law enforcement, and corrections records, and any other records likely to result in
identifying and locating the person being sought. The initial diligent search must be completed within 90
days after a child is taken into custody. After the completion of the initial diligent search, the
department, unless excused by the court, shall have a continuing duty to search for relatives with whom
it may be appropriate to place the child, until such relatives are found or until the child is placed for
adoption.”

Florida law, as does the law in other states, requires a diligent search for a missing parent in
dependency proceedings. An Affidavit of Diligent Search must be filed with the Court prior to the
disposition hearing. The law further requires the Department to continue the diligent search until excused
by the Court. Florida statutes require a diligent search followed by publication of a notice in an area
newspaper before parental rights can be terminated and a child adopted. In some cases, a foster child
can be reunited with the missing parent or a relative once the parent is located.

Delays in locating missing parents are a barrier that lengthens the time children stay in foster care.
Making effective use of the diligent search resources that are available can speed up the process of
finding missing parents and other relatives to achieve permanency for children.

Moving children more rapidly into permanent homes, significantly benefits the emotional health of
children and saves the Department scarce funds. Successful diligent searches save needed funds by
reducing foster care board payments, lowering case loads, and by finding parents to avoid costly legal
publications in local newspapers.

The purpose of this training manual is to help you become familiar with the search tools that are
available and to use them in a systematic way. Knowing how to use the vast amount of diligent search
resources will enable you to expeditiously complete a diligent search and reduce the time children
remain in foster care.




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Legal Requirements
The United States Constitution requires that parents receive notice of proceedings that involve their child
before a Court is granted power to affect their rights. Florida Statute, Section 39.502(1), provides that
unless parental rights have been terminated, all parents must be notified of all proceedings or hearings
involving the child. Florida Statutes 39.502(3) and 39.502(5) require that parents receive a summons
notifying them of the dependency action and the date of the arraignment hearing and receive a copy of
the dependency or termination of parental rights petition. However, Florida Statute 39.502(2) provides
that personal appearance of any person in a hearing before the court obviates the necessity of serving
process on that person.

In dependency proceedings, the identity or location of a parent may be unknown. Florida Statute
39.503(1) dictates that if the identity or location of a parent is unknown and a petition for dependency or
shelter is filed, the court shall conduct the following inquiry of the parent or legal custodian who is
available, or, if no parent or legal custodian is available, of any relative or custodian of the child who is
present at the hearing and likely to have information.

     (a) Whether the mother of the child was married at the probable time of conception of the child or at
         the time of birth of the child.
     (b) Whether the mother was cohabitating with a male at the probable time of conception of the child.
     (c) Whether the mother has received payments or promises of support with respect to the child or
         because of her pregnancy from a man who claims to be the father.
     (d) Whether the mother has named any man as the father on the birth certificate of the child or in
         connection with applying for public assistance.
     (e) Whether any man has acknowledged or claimed paternity of the child in a jurisdiction in which the
         mother resided at the time of or since conception of the child, or in which the child has resided or
         resides.

The inquiry can be conducted either at a court hearing or by sworn affidavit. See Sample Sworn
Statement on 13. To save time, it is best for the family safety counselor to assist a parent, relative or
legal custodian with completing the sworn affidavit and presenting it to the Court.

Per Florida Statute 39.503(4), if the inquiry required under subsection (1) fails to identify any person as a
parent or prospective parent, the court shall so find and may proceed without further notice. Per Florida
Statute 39.503(4), if the inquiry under subsection (1) identifies a parent or prospective parent and that
person’s location is unknown, the court shall direct the petitioner to conduct a diligent search for that
person before scheduling a disposition hearing regarding the dependency of the child unless the court
finds that the best interest of the child requires proceedings without notice to the person whose location
is unknown.

In conducting the diligent search pursuant to Fla. Stat. 39.503(6), the Department must at a minimum
make inquiries of the following:

1.      All relatives of the parent or prospective parent made known to the Department;

2.      All offices of program areas of the Department likely to have information about the parent or
        prospective parent;

3.      Other state and federal agencies likely to have information about the parent or



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       prospective parent;

4.     Appropriate utility and postal providers; and

5.     Appropriate law enforcement agencies.

6.     Branches of the Armed Forces.

Section 39.503(6) directs the Department to contact other state agencies, appropriate utility and postal
providers, and appropriate law enforcement agencies. Thus, if there is information that indicates that the
parent or prospective parent may be located outside the state of Florida, then the Department must
contact agencies and utility providers in the other state.

Once the diligent search is completed, the person conducting the search must prepare an affidavit of
diligent search and file it with the Court. The affidavit must contain a summary of the results of all
contacts made in the search. See sample Affidavits of Diligent Search that begin on page 72. The
statutes require that even after the affidavit is filed, the Department must continue to search for the
parent or prospective parent until excused from further search by the Court per Florida Statute 39.502(9).

Florida law does not require the Department to file a legal notice in the newspaper if the diligent search
does not locate the parent or prospective parent. However, in termination of parental rights proceedings,
the Department is required to place a legal notice in a newspaper and the Department must file the
affidavit of diligent search before having the legal notice certified by the court clerk.

The statutes do not indicate how current the affidavit of diligent search must be before it loses legal
effect due to the passage of time. However, the Department's operating procedure, HRSOP 175-22,
requires that diligent searches should be current within the past six months. Thus, when the search is
complete the affidavit should be filed as soon as possible.

If there are defects in the diligent search or in the affidavit, any order terminating parental rights may be
set aside in the future. This would cause unnecessary delay in permanency for a child. Accordingly, the
person conducting the diligent search should ensure that the diligent search was properly conducted and
in compliance with Florida Statute. 39.503.




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When to Begin a Diligent Search
When an investigation is commenced, the protective investigator shall commence the diligent
search process as soon as it is learned that the identity or location of one or more of the parents
is unknown. The protective investigator shall commence the diligent search process by completing a
form that identifies and makes inquiry of all identified relatives of the parent(s) or prospective parent(s)
known to the protective investigator. This form is shown on page 27 and shall be completed and
included along with all other information transferred to the provider at the time the case is staffed for
services at Early Services Intervention (ESI). Once the provider has received the form from the
department, the provider shall complete the diligent search for the identified and/or prospective parent(s)
who were not located or identified at the time the case was staffed for services at ESI. The affidavit of
diligent search shall be completed within 30 days of receipt of the form from the Department and
provided to Child Welfare Legal Services (CWLS) for review to ensure statutory compliance. CWLS
shall file the completed diligent search with the court.

An investigation of a new abuse report on open services cases does not trigger the need for a new
diligent search request or diligent search.

If a petition for termination of parental rights must be filed under Chapter 39, Part XI, the provider shall
also conduct a diligent search as required under section 39.803. The Department and provider shall
understand that most diligent searches required under this form will not be provided by a protective
investigator unless it is an expedited termination of parental rights case.

Shelter Orders should contain language requiring the Department to commence a diligent search if a
parent is not located by Arraignment. Reference should always be made in the Dependency
Petition that a diligent search has been commenced.

A parents' name should never be shown on a Certificate of Service as "address unknown" without first
initiating a diligent search. Missing parents are a lot easier to find than many of us may think. There is
absolutely no reason for a parent's name to be remaining on a certificate of service as "Address
Unknown" for any length of time.




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Getting Started

SWORN STATEMENT
♦ Protective Investigator should complete, along with parent or relative of child, a Sworn Statement
  Regarding Identity or Location of Parent and have it notarized or attested by a Judge and filed with
  the Court.


REQUEST FORM
♦ Protective Investigator shall commence the diligent search as soon as it is learned that the identity or
  location of one or more of the parents is unknown. Counselor should attach any documentation that
  may assist in search, such as Abuse Report and FDLE Report.


SET UP FILE
♦ Diligent Search Analyst should set up file that will be used to house all correspondence and other
  materials relating to search.


RUN FDLE REPORT
♦ If not already done by the Investigator, the Diligent Search Analyst should run an FDLE Report on the
  missing parent.


CHECK ON-LINE COURT RECORDS
♦ If available, the Diligent Search Analyst should check on-line court records.


CONTACT RELATIVES/FORMER NEIGHBORS/PAST EMPLOYERS
♦ Counselor or Diligent Search Analyst Counselor should contact all known relatives of person to be
  located, former neighbors and past employers. If still unable to locate…


CHECK INTERNET
♦ Analyst should check Internet search sites for address and phone number information, including the
  Department of Corrections website. If still unable to locate…


CHECK ACCURINT
♦ Diligent Search Analyst should request Accurint Report. If still unable to locate…


CHECK LOCATOR SERVICE
♦ Diligent Search Analyst should fax request to the Department of Revenue in Jacksonville to use the
  Locator Service. If still unable to locate…




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MAIL OUT LETTERS
♦ Diligent Search Analyst should begin the letter process and make phone calls to former employers,
  former neighbors, etc. If still unable to locate…


TRACK RESPONSES
♦ Track responses. If still unable to locate…


CHECK LOCATOR SERVICE AGAIN
♦ Analyst should, once again, use the Department of Revenue’s Locator Service in Jacksonville after
  approximately 3 weeks time.


COMPLETE DILIGENT SEARCH AFFIDAVIT
♦ Complete Affidavit and give it to Counselor and Legal Department.




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The Diligent Search Process in Greater Detail
1. SWORN STATEMENT. Protective Investigator or Service Provider should fill out with the parent or
   relative a Sworn Statement Regarding Identity of Parent prior to a shelter hearing or arraignment
   hearing. This form must be notarized or attested by a judge and filed with the Court. See Sworn
   Statement on page 13.

2. DILIGENT SEARCH REQUEST FORM. Protective Investigator or Service Provider should complete
   and provide a Diligent Search Request Form and copies of current and prior abuse reports regarding
   the parent, FDLE report information, and local law enforcement reports regarding the parent to
   Diligent Search Analyst. See Diligent Search Request Form on 27. Analyst will review these
   materials to determine any information regarding past addresses, relatives, neighbors, and
   employment of the parent.

3. CREATE FILE. The person completing the search must open a file to house all documentation.
   Please see the example of how to set your file up on page 29.

4. CONTACT RELATIVES. Protective Investigator or Service Provider must contact all known
   relatives of the person to be searched to determine location information. If a relative provides identity
   or location information on the parent, Protective Investigator or Service Provider must immediately
   provide CWLS with this information. The caller should be pleasant on the phone and make the
   person feel comfortable. Be sympathetic and never sound threatening. Understand that parents and
   relatives of a missing parent are often emotionally upset by what has happened in their family and
   are often overwhelmed by problems. Give them your name and phone number and ask them to call
   you back if they have any new information. Please make sure that you maintain confidentiality by not
   providing any specific information about the court case.

5. CONTACT FORMER NEIGHBORS. Call former neighbors of the missing person. It is very easy to
   obtain phone numbers for folks who live in the neighborhood. Accurint reports provide name and
   address information for neighbors as well as listed phone numbers. Be sure to clearly identify who
   you are and explain the purpose of your call. You will find that once people understand that you are
   trying to locate a missing parent to help a child, you’d be amazed at how helpful people can be.
   Former neighbors often have information about the location of the missing parent.

6. CALL PAST EMPLOYERS. When you receive a letter back from a former employer that states the
   person is no longer employed, call the individual back. You would be surprised what information you
   may be able to obtain. If you explain that you are trying to help a child, you can often spark someone
   to ask co-workers if they have any knowledge of the individual’s whereabouts. Most people truly care
   about children and want to help you once they understand the purpose of your call.

7. CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL JAIL. It is easy for them to check on inmates and provide information
   to you over the phone. Additionally, many local jails have their inmate population on the Internet.




8. CHECK Florida Safe Families Network (FSFN). The person completing the search should research
   the individual in FSFN. The Department's operating procedure HRSOP 175-22 requires that all


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   program offices of the Department, all client registration systems of the Department, and delinquency
   records. Certain screens can be accessed that can provide useful information such as a recent
   address. When information is located, print the screen and save this information in your file. Please
   note that all records from Economic Self Sufficiency (ESS) are confidential under federal regulations
   and are not accessible. Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADM) records are held confidential by the
   Department and may not be used. Developmental Disabilities (DD) records are confidential pursuant
   to F.S. 393.13 (4)(j) unless waived by the client or their guardian.

9. CHECK INTERNET SEARCH SITES. The person completing the search should check internet
   search sites for address and phone number information on the parent. Check the Department of
   Corrections website at www.dc.state.fl.us. Check all links that may apply including “Inmate Release
   List”, “Active Offenders List”. Print each screen and put this information in your file. Check another
   great site, http://proagency.tripod.com. This is an extremely helpful site. It is so popular that it is
   frequently temporarily suspended due to excessive band-with consumption. This site will allow you
   to search most public records by state and county. See section on the Internet Search Sites that
   begins on page 33 for an extensive listing of websites.

10. CHECK SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH INDEX . This is an outstanding web site for determining if an
    individual is deceased, the date of death and the last residence of the deceased individual. Most
    genealogy sites have links to this database. The most accessed one is the social security death
    index site on “Roots Web”, the largest free genealogy search site on the Internet. You may access
    this site at http://.ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com. Also, visit www.rootsweb.com for other search
    links.

11 CHECK ACCURINT. If the person completing the search is still unable to find information after
   checking the above search resources, they should run an Accurint Report pursuant to instructions
   shown in the section on Search and Locate Tools that begins on page 46.

12. CHECK PARENT LOCATOR SERVICE. If Accurint Report does not provide sufficient information to
    locate the individual, the individual completing the search should contact the Department of
    Revenue’s Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) in Jacksonville to utilize the State Parent
    Locator Service via the procedure outlined in the section on Locator Checks. See section on using
    the Parent Locator Service that begins on page 54. The CSED compiles all current employment
    information nationwide and their database is constantly being updated. Results from the
    Department of Revenue generally take five to twelve business days.




13. SEND OUT LETTERS. If location information still remains unknown, begin the process of sending
    out letters. Compile the names and addresses for agencies and businesses in your area that need to
    be contacted. See section on letters that begins on page 61. To expedite the letter writing process,
    please carefully review the section on Mail Merge and use the diskette that is enclosed for your


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   convenience. This diskette has a Mail Merge Program that can be specifically tailored for your
   county with the names and addresses of agencies/businesses that should be contacted. In addition,
   the diskette also contains mail merges for the other counties in the district. By thoroughly studying
   this section, you will learn how to change your merge fields and update your database with ease.

14. CHECK DRIVERS LICENSE BUREAU. Be sure to contact the Drivers License Bureau. Use the
    sample letter provided. Even though Accurint will supply you with the subject’s drivers license
    number and the date they renewed it, no other information is provided. If you request information
    directly from the Drivers License Bureau in Tallahassee, you will receive in just a few days a highly
    detailed transcript that has a description of all infractions and the county they occurred in. This
    information is highly useful in picking up the trail of a person who has not notified the Drivers License
    Bureau of a new address. See page 66 for information on contacting the Drivers License Bureau.

15. OUT OF STATE SEARCHES. If there is information that the parent or prospective parent may not
    be in the state of Florida, you still need to get in touch with the local and Florida contacts. Many
    times one parent knows the location of the other parent but does not want the other parent to know
    of, or to have contact with the child. Therefore, a local and Florida Search may locate the parent or
    prospective parent.

   In addition, search the same type of contacts in the other states as you would in Florida. The Internet
   is invaluable in locating agencies, hospitals, and utility providers in another state. You can find most
   county governments and local chambers of commerce by using any search engine. Many county
   government sites will provide information or links to the contact that you need to make. Many local
   chambers of commerce can provide a wealth of local information. You may even be able to call the
   county government or chamber of commerce to obtain contact information.

16. BAD ADDRESSES. Often, address information that you pick up is out-dated and the individual has
    moved on. When this happens, persistency pays off. Run another check through the State Parent
    Locator Service. If the individual has picked up a part-time job for just a few days, the employer must
    report that information within 20 days to the National Directory of New Hires for their state. Just
    running a check several weeks later can pick up new location information.

17.TRACK PROGRESS. Track progress every few days with the spreadsheet and advise Caseworker
   and CWLS as to any significant developments. See the sample spreadsheet on page 31.

18. PREPARE AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT SEARCH. Once you have followed through with the entire
    search process, you will conclude the search and advise the Family Care Manager and CWLS as to
    the status. The Legal Department will direct you as to when to prepare an Affidavit of Diligent
    Search. The person conducting the search is the “Affiant” and he/she will be notified by CWLS to
    appear in Court to attest to completing the diligent search. See section on Affidavit of Diligent
    Search on page 72.




19. REMAIN FOCUSED. Do not be discouraged if all of your hard efforts have not provided a valid
    location for the individual. Many times, parents vanish into obscurity and cannot be found, even after
    many weeks of searching. The fact that you have shown due diligence in completing a suitable
    search that meets the statutory requirements is sufficient. Please do not lose sight of the main goal
    of a diligent search, which is to correctly follow the statutory procedure and complete the search as


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expeditiously as possible, as opposed to playing the role of a sleuth. Work as quickly as possible.
Think about the children that you are trying to help. Every day that goes by means another day at a
shelter or in Foster Care for a child.




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                                                     IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
                                                     FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND
                                                     FOR __________ COUNTY, FLORIDA
IN THE INTEREST OF:                                  JUVENILE DIVISION

                                                     CASE NO.:

___________________________/
Minor Child


                             SWORN STATEMENT REGARDING IDENTITY
                                   OR LOCATION OF PARENT


1. My name __________________________________________________________ .

2. My address is_______________________________________________________ .

3. I am related to______________________because I am his/her _______________ .
                       (child’s name)                                     (type of relative)

4. The mother of the child was married to __________________________ at the
                                                          (man’s name)

   probable time of conception of this child. ____Yes      ____No        ____Don’t Know.

5. The mother of this child was married to _______________________ at the time of this child’s birth.
                                                 (man’s name)
      ____ Yes ____No ____Don’t Know.

6. The mother of this child was living with/cohabitating with ______________________ at the probable
                                                                   (man’s name)
   time of conception of this child.
   ____Yes ____No ____Don’t Know.

7. The mother of this child has received payments or promises of child support with respect to this child
   or because of her pregnancy from __________________ ____Yes ____ No____Don’t Know.
                                                                  (man’s name)

8. The mother named ___________________________ as the father of this child on the child’s birth
                              (man’s name)
   certificate.
   ____Yes ____No _____Don’t Know.

9. The mother named __________________________ as the father of this child in

   connection with applying for public assistance.
   ____Yes ____No ____Don’t Know.




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10.________________________ has been named in a paternity case or acknowledged
            (m an’s nam e)


   paternity of this child in a jurisdiction where the mother lived at the time of or since the conception of
   this child or where this child resides or has resided.
   _____Yes ____No _____Don’t Know.

11. List the name, date of birth, social security number, and last-known address of any man listed in this
    sworn statement:

   Name _____________________________________________________________

   Date of Birth: _______________ Social Security Number: ____________________

   Last Known Mailing Address:____________________________________________

   Last Known Physical Address:___________________________________________


12. Do you know any other information about the identity or location of any man listed in this sworn
   statement? _____Yes ______No.
   If Yes, please provide that information:
    ___________________________________________________________________

    ___________________________________________________________________

    ___________________________________________________________________

I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS DOCUMENT WILL BE FILED WITH THE COURT. UNDER PENALTY OF
PERJURY, I DECLARE THAT I HAVE READ IT AND THAT THE FACTS STATED ARE TRUE.

DATE: _________________

SIGNATURE: ___________________________________

        Witnessed by ___________________________ who is an authorized agent of the Department of
Children and Families and who attests that the person who signed this statement provided proof of
identity as indicated:

_____   Driver’s License, number ____________________________________________
_____   Passport, number and country: _______________________________________
_____   Resident Alien (Green Card), number:__________________________________
_____   Armed Forces Identification, number: __________________________________
_____   Other ___________________________________________________________




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STATE OF FLORIDA,

COUNTY OF _______________:


   THE FOREGOING instrument was acknowledged before me this ______ day of ________________,
2007 by _______________________________, who is personally known to me or who produced
______________________ as identification and who did (did not) take an oath.



______________________________________________
NOTARY PUBLIC

Print Name _____________________________________

Commission No._________________________________

My Commission Expires: __________________________




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Unanswered Questions Regarding Paternity
Often, a mother will identify the father by first name only. Some mothers will proclaim no knowledge of
the father at all. In many cases, these individuals do know who the father is, but do not want to reveal
his identity. Often, the mother has had an unfortunate relationship that she wishes to leave behind.
Some mothers are also fearful of retaliation from a biological father who does not want to pay child
support.

A good practice is for an attorney to question the mother, or other relatives, while they are under
oath at court hearings. Be advised that per FS 39.402(8)(b) requires the parents or custodians present
at the shelter hearing to provide to the court on the record the names, addresses, and relationships of all
parents, prospective parents, and next of kin of the child, so far as are known. Additionally, it is the
responsibility of the authorized agent of the Department of Children and Families to request that the
child’s parent or custodian discloses the names, relationships, and addresses of all parents and
prospective parents and all next of kin. A list of questions that the CWLS attorney should direct to the
parent, relatives, or associates who may be present at a court hearing regarding the whereabouts of the
missing parent is shown on page 17. To assist the CWLS attorney, Paralegals should always have the
following forms with them in Court: "Sworn Statement of Identity", "Affidavit of Unknown Father" and
"Order as to Unknown Father".

If the name is the father is still unknown, the caseworker should contact relatives in person or by phone
in an attempt to establish paternity.

If initially you are not provided with information on a father's identity, you must continue to make
inquiries regarding the father's identity. When you make your home visits, remember to ask the
mother, or any other relatives you encounter, about the father's identity. Even vague information that
you will receive may help you locate the father.

The internet locate tools available to you are extremely powerful. Just learning that mom had a liaison
with a man whose first name was "Arnold" and who once lived in "Floral City" is often enough for a
positive locate.

The first name of "Arnold" and the town of "Floral City" may seem insignificant, but they are actually
powerful identifiers you can use with Accurint.

Once these identifiers are entered, within 3 seconds you will learn that there are 8 males with the first
name of Arnold who reside, or who have resided, in the town of Floral City, Florida. Look at the age
ranges that are provided. Select the individuals in the most likely age range. Pull a "Finders Report"
with Accurint on the most likely candidate and look for association matches. You will generally find an
address match that links the mother to this individual. An Accurint report will generally give you the
latest phone number and current address. Locating missing parents has never been easier!




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                             MISSING PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE
                                   FOR COURT HEARING

Case Name___________________________ Case No.__________________ Date_______________

What is the full name of the father of the child?______________________________________________

Where does the father live? City/Town__________________ County_______________ State_______

If current address information is not known, where is the father from?

City/Town________________________ County______________________ State________________

Do you have a phone number for the father of the child?______________________________________

What is the date of birth of the father? If not known, approximately how old is he?________________

What is the race of the father of the child?_________________________________________________

Where is the father currently employed?__________________________________________________

What is the name of the last known employer of the father?___________________________________

What line of work is the father in?_______________________________________________________

Does the father have a possible criminal history?______If so, what county/state___________________

Were you married to the father of the child at the time of conception of the child?__________________

Did you cohabitate with a male at the time of conception of the child?___________________________

Did you receive payments or promises of support with respect to the child or because of the pregnancy
from a man who claimed to be the father?_________________________________________________

Did you name a father on the birth certificate, or in conjunction with applying for or receiving public
assistance? _________________________________________________________________________

Known relatives of father:

Name(s)____________________________________________________________________________

Address___________________________________________Telephone No._____________________

Other Information____________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________




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Identity of Unknown Father
If a mother claims that the identity of the father is unknown to her, the Court shall conduct the following
inquiry of the parent or legal custodian who is available, or if no parent or legal custodian is available, of
any relative or custodian of the child who is present at the hearing and likely to have the information:

       (a)     Whether the mother of the child was married at the probable time of conception of the
               child.

       (a)     Whether the mother was cohabiting with a male at the probable time of conception of the
               child.

       (a)     Whether the mother has received payments or promises of support with respect to the
               child or because of her pregnancy from a man who claims to be the father.

       (a)     Whether the mother has named any man as the father on the birth certificate of the child
               or in connection with applying for or receiving public assistance.

       (a)     Whether any man has acknowledged or claimed paternity of the child in a jurisdiction in
               which the mother resided at the time of or since conception of the child, or in which the
               child has resided or resides.

The information required above may be supplied to the court or the department in the form of a sworn
affidavit by a person having personal knowledge of the facts.

Based on the testimony of the mother, once the court finds by clear and convincing evidence, pursuant
to Florida Statute 39.503 that the identity of the father is unknown, then the Department of Children and
Families is relieved from conducting a diligent search for the father.




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             IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
                 IN AND FOR_________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA
                                      JUVENILE CASE NO.:_____________
IN THE INTEREST OF:

Minor Child
___________________________/

                              AFFIDAVIT OF UNKNOWN FATHER

STATE OF FLORIDA:
COUNTY OF_______________

     BEFORE ME, the undersigned authority, personally appeared
_______________________, mother of the captioned child, who deposes and says:

        Pursuant to Section 39.503, Fla. Statutes (2001), I swear and affirm to the best of my
knowledge and belief that the identity of the father of the above named child is unknown to me.
I was not married at the probable time of conception of the child or at the time of birth of the
child. I cannot identify anyone with whom I may have been cohabiting at the time of conception
of the child. I deny receiving any payments or promises of support with respect to the child or
because of my pregnancy from man who claims to be the father. I have not named a father on
the birth certificate of the child or in connection with applying for or receiving public assistance.
No man has acknowledged or claimed paternity of the child in any jurisdiction in which I resided
at the time of or since conception of the child, in which the child has resided or resides.

       FURTHER AFFIANT SAYETH NAUGHT

      ________________________________________
      ________________________________, Mother

        Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me this _____ day of ___________200__,
by ________________who is personally known to me or provided _______________as
identification.

____________________________________________
Signature of person taking acknowledgement

_______________________________________________
_____________________________
Printed name of person taking acknowledgement / Circuit Court Judge


NOTARY PUBLIC                                     (Not required if judge performs)
State of Florida
My Commission Expires:



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                 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
                     IN AND FOR_________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

                                JUVENILE CASE NO.:_____________

IN THE INTEREST OF:

Minor Child
___________________________/

                            ORDER AS TO UNKNOWN FATHER(S)

      ON_______________________, 200____, personally appeared
_______________________, mother of the captioned child(ren), who after being duly sworn did
state the following:

1.    That to the best of the mother's knowledge and belief the identity of the father(s) of the
above named child(ren) is unknown.

2.     That she was not married at the probable time of conception of the child(ren) or at the
time of birth of the child(ren).

3.    That she cannot identify anyone with whom she may have been cohabiting at the time of
conception of the child(ren).

4.     That she denies receiving any payments or promises of support with respect to the
child(ren) or because of her pregnancy from a man or men who claim to be the father(s).

5.    That she has not named any father(s) on the birth certificate(s) of the child(ren) or in
connection with applying for or receiving public assistance.

6.     That no man has acknowledged or claimed paternity of the child(ren) in any jurisdiction in
which the mother resided at the time of or since conception of the child(ren), or in which the
child(ren) has/have resided or resides.

       Based upon the testimony of the mother, the Court finds by clear and convincing
evidence, pursuant to 39.503 Fla. Statutes (2001), the father(s) of the above named child(ren) is
unknown and the Department of Children and Families is hereby relieved from conducting a
diligent search for the father(s) of the above named child(ren).

      DONE AND ORDERED this _____________ day of ____________________________,
200__, in __________________________, ________________ County, Florida.


                                                ___________________________________
                                                Circuit Judge


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Florida Putative Father Registry

The Putative Father Registry is a service provided by the Bureau of Vital Statistics and Records, a
Division of the Department of Health in Jacksonville. Nearly every state has such a service.

Through this service, an unmarried man who believes that he is the father of a child may register and
claim to be the father.

It is the responsibility of the Department of Health of each state to produce and distribute pamphlets and
publications informing the public about the Putative Father Registry. These pamphlets and brochures
are made available in hospitals, adoption entities, libraries, medical clinics, schools, universities, and to
providers of child-related services. Additional information is provided on Internet web sites and in public
service announcements.

In order to register, the father must also agree to become financially responsible for the care of the child.

By filing a claim of paternity, the registrant consents to submit to DNA testing upon the request of any
party.

A putative father who has properly registered can object to the placement of his child for adoption, if he
meets certain requirements that are also imposed on him by state law.

The claim of paternity may be filed at any time prior to the child’s birth, but a claim of paternity may not
be filed after the date a petition is filed for termination of parental rights.

In each proceeding for termination of parental rights, or each adoption proceeding, the petitioner
must contact the Office of Vital Statistics of the Department of Health by submitting an
application for a diligent search of the Florida Putative Father Registry. If you postpone
submitting a request for a search of the Registry, you may very well be postponing an adoption.
Please note that we must request a search of the Registry in TPR and/or adoption proceedings,
even if the father is known and the father’s name is on the birth certificate. The only exception is
in a case where the father was legally married to the mother or if the Court has made a
determination as to who the legal father is.

The office of Vital Statistics has no legislative requirement for following up with an applicant after
the initial search and advising of any claim that has been received subsequent to the initial
search. Depending on where you are in the legal proceedings process, this may mean that you
must again search the registry for filing with the court. Florida law requires that the registry be
searched at the time a Petition for Termination of Parental rights or adoption proceedings are
filed.




Upon completion of a search by the Office of Vital Statistics, a certificate will be issued by the State
Registrar certifying that:



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   A diligent search has been made of the Registry of registrants who may be the unmarried biological
   father whose information matches the search requests sufficiently so that such person may be
   considered a possible father of the child; or

   That a diligent search has been made of the registrants and that no matching registration has been
   located in the Registry.

This certificate must be filed with the court in the proceeding to terminate parental rights or the adoption
proceeding. If a termination of parental rights and an adoption proceeding are being adjudicated
simultaneously, the Florida Putative Father Registry need only be searched once.


                          See Florida Statute 63.054 for further clarification.




Best Practice
National Directory of Putative Father Registries
   -   Please note that depending on your case, it may be necessary to search the Putative Father
       Registry of another state.

   -   The National Directory of Putative Father Registries can be found at the following site:
       http://adoption.about.com/cs/adoptionrights/a/putative_list.htm

   -   Please call the respective office or department first to verify the information before requesting a
       search form and sending any materials.




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How to Request a Diligent Search of the Registry

   Fill out an application for a Diligent Search. The search fee is $9.00 for a non-expedited search,
   which takes approximately 10 working days. An expedited search is $19.00 and takes 2-4 working
   days. Upon completion, you will receive a Certificate of Diligent Search.

   A separate application must be completed for each child. For example, if there are three children in
   the same case, three separate applications must be filled out, however these applications can be
   submitted to the Registry with just one check for $27.00.

   Send the completed application, with payment to:

                                         Putative Father Registry
                                         Bureau of Vital Statistics
                                         P.O. Box 210
                                        Jacksonville, FL 32231

Include in the application the name of the mother, the mother’s address, optional physical description,
date of birth of the child, the name of the father if known, and the child’s name.

Please note that there is a space on the lower left portion of the application where the caseworker should
provide his/her name as well as the federal ID number for Kids Central, Inc.

               Questions regarding a search should be directed to the Registry
                                             ~~
                               (904) 359-6900, extension 1081

         http://www.doh.state.fl.us/planning_eval/vital_statistics/Putative.htm




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                                          FLORIDA PUTATIVE FATHER REGISTRY
                                               APPLICATION FOR SEARCH

               CAREFULLY READ the information provided on the reverse of this form. PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT CLEARLY.

Part 1 PUTATIVE FATHER’S (REGISTRANT) INFORMATION (If date of birth unknown, provide approximate age of
father)

     FULL NAME OF                        FIRST                                MIDDLE                       LAST IINCLUDING ANY SUFFIX               DATE OF BIRTH
      REGISTRANT

      ADDRESS OF                        STREET                                  CITY                                    STATE                       ZIPCODE
      REGISTRANT

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF FATHER


Part 2 CONCEPTION INFORMATION
                                                                 PLACE AND LOCATION OF CONCEPTION (Not limited to, but should include city and state)
 DATE OF CONCEPTION (MONTH, DAY, YEAR)


Part 3 MOTHER’S INFORMATION (If date of birth unknown, provide approximate age of mother)
     FULL MAIDEN          FIRST                              MIDDLE                       MAIDEN SURNAME
   NAME OF MOTHER

    LEGAL SURNAME                  LEGAL SURNAME                          DATE OF BIRTH
      OF MOTHER

      ADDRESS OF                        STREET                                  CITY                                    STATE                       ZIPCODE
        MOTHER

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF MOTHER


Part 4 CHILD’S INFORMATION (If exact date of birth unknown, provide estimated date of birth).
   FULL NAME OF               FIRST                                      MIDDLE                                        LAST INCLUDING SUFFIX                SEX
        CHILD
        DATE OF BIRTH                              CITY OF BIRTH                         COUNTY OF                               STATE OF BIRTH
         (MM/DD/YYYY                                                                       BIRTH

                                                                                             Fees are nonrefundable                  Quantity           Amount

 $9.00 search fee includes the issuance of a certificate signed by the State Registrar certifying that:
  a) the identity and contact information, if any, for each registered unmarried biological father whose information matches the                =
                                                                                                                                        1           $9.00
 search request sufficiently so that such person may be considered a possible father of the subject child; OR
  b) that a diligent search has been made of the registry of registrants who may be the unmarried biological father of the subject
 child and that no matching registration has been located in the registry.
RUSH ORDERS (Optional): $10.00 additional fee per order. Check box and enter $10.00 in Box if RUSH service desired.
(Refer to information entitled Response Time)                       Envelope must be marked “RUSH”.                                    Yes
No                                                                                                   $

TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED: Check or money order payable to Vital Statistics in U.S. Dollars (DO NOT SEND CASH)
                 Florida Law imposes an additional service charge of $15 for dishonored checks                                                      $




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   To provide false information or obtain confidential information for fraudulent purposes is a third-degree felony punishable by the terms and
                                                    conditions as set forth in Florida Statutes.

                                             APPLICANT NAME/DELIVERY INFORMATION
  Applicant’s                     FIRST                       MIDDLE           LAST (INCLUDING ANY SUFFIX)
    Name
TYPE OR
PRINT
 DELIVERY ADDRESS (INCLUDE APT. NUMBER, IF                                  CITY                               STATE                       ZIP CODE
               APPLICABLE)

 HOME PHONE NUMBER INCLUDING AREA CODE                   WORK PHONE NUMBER INCLUDING                            SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT
                                                                 AREA CODE
                        (     )
                                                                        (          )


IF ATTORNEY or AGENCY, PROVIDE BAR/LICENSE               IF ATTORNEY, PROVIDE NAME OF PERSON YOU REPRESENT AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO
                  NUMBER                                                                    CHILD

 IF THE CERTIFICATION IS TO BE MAILED TO ANOTHER PERSON OR ADDRESS USE THE SPACES BELOW TO SPECIFY SHIP TO NAME AND ADDRESS.
   SHIP TO                   FIRST                          MIDDLE                         LAST                   SUFFIX
    NAME
TYPE OR
PRINT
  HOME PHONE NUMBER                                                         SHIP TO STREET ADDRESS (AND APT.)
        (    )
  WORK PHONE NUMBER                                        CITY                                               STATE                        ZIP CODE
           (     )

NOTE: IF APPLICANT IS THE REGISTRANT (UNMARRIED BIOLOGICAL FATHER), THE AFFIDAVIT CONTAINED ON THE
REVERSE SIDE OF THIS FORM MUST BE COMPLETED AND SIGNED BEFORE A NOTARIZING OFFICIAL AND THIS
APPLICATION MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PICTURE IDENTIFICATION.

DH1963 (10/03)

INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA PUTATIVE FATHER SEARCH

                      Statute references may be accessed through the website address at the bottom of this form*

     NOTE: To enable us to conduct a thorough search, it important that you provide as much information as known to
     you regarding the putative father, mother and child.

     ELIGIBILITY: All information contained in the Florida Putative Father Registry is confidential and exempt from public disclosure.
     Information from the registry shall only be disclosed to:___________________________________________________________

     to you regarding the putative father, mother and child.

     ELIGIBILITY: All information contained in the Florida Putative Father Registry is confidential and exempt from public disclosure.
     Information from the registry shall only be disclosed to:

     a)              An adoption entity in connection with the planned adoption of a child.
     b)              The registrant unmarried biological father, upon receipt of his notarized request.
     c)              The court, upon issuance of a court order concerning a petitioner acting pro se in an action under this chapter.

     “Adoption Entity” as defined in s. 63.032(3), Florida Statutes, means the department, an agency, a child-caring agency
     registered under s. 409.176 Florida Statutes, an intermediary, or a child-placing agency licensed in another state which is
     qualified by the department to place children in the State of Florida.



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“Department” as defined in 63.032(8), Florida Statutes, means the Department of Children and Family Services.

“Agency” as defined in 63.032(5), Florida Statutes, means any child-placing agency licensed by the department pursuant to
s. 63.202 to place minors for adoption.

 “Intermediary” as defined in 63.032(9), Florida Statutes, means an attorney who is licensed or authorized to practice in this
state and who is placing or intends to place a child for adoption, including placing children born in another state with citizens
of this state or country or placing children born in this state with citizens of another state or country.

RESPONSE TIME: Response time for processing a request varies depending upon our workload at the time your request
is received. Generally, a request is completed within five work days. RUSH processing is available for those who need
assurance of faster service. Orders received in an envelope marked RUSH and with the $10.00 RUSH fee will be given
priority over other pending work; however, no certification can be issued until all requirements, forms, applicable fees and
appropriate signatures have been received and meet the criteria as established by law or in rules of the department.


   MAIL TO: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, VITAL STATISTICS, P.O. BOX 210, Jacksonville, FL 32231




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          DILIGENT SEARCH REQUEST FORM
                 (Complete a separate form for each parent for whom a diligent search needs to be completed.)

Name of Missing Parent:_______________________________________________________

CSA #                               Child(ren)

___________________________ _________________                          _______________           ____________
        Requestor Name                         Location                         Phone                     Cell

Failure to provide a correct name, date of birth, and social security number may result in a denial of this
request. Provide as much information as possible and attach the required documents shown below.
We regret that forms that are only partially completed may be returned.

If Social Security Number and Date of Birth are Not Available, Please attach the following:
___ Accurint Report
___ Local Law Checks/Booking Details
___ FDLE Report(s)
___ Abuse Report (without reporter information)
___ FSFN notes that contain identifying information
___ Copy of Birth Certificate (if available)
___ Notice of Related Cases
___ CCIS Printouts
___ UCCJEA
___DHSMV file information
______________________________________________________________________________

1.    Name of Parent Who’s Identity or Location is Unknown:
_______________________________________________________________________________


Last known addresses:                                                                            ______________

                                                                               __________________________

Possible telephone numbers:                                                                      _______________

Date of birth:                                                Social Security Number:                            ___

Last known employer:                                 ____________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

Possible County(s) where child support may be ordered:                ________________________________

Criminal history:          What County(s):________________________________________________

What is the name of the other parent:_________________________________________________




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Known relatives of parent:

a.     Name, address, telephone number, and relationship to parent:

                                                                __________________________

                                                                __________________________


b.     Name, address, telephone number, and relationship to parent:
                                                                                       __

                                                                                       __


c.     Name, address, telephone number, and relationship to parent:

________________________________________________________________________________

                                                                ___________________________

d.     Name, address, telephone number, and relationship to parent:

                                                                ___________________________

       __________________________________________________________________________


1.     Persons who provided the information in No. 1 above

a.     Name, address, telephone number, and relationship to parent:

                                                        ________________________________


                                                                __________________________

b.     Name, address, telephone number, and relationship to parent:

                                                        _______________________________

                                                                                       __


c.    Name, address, telephone number, and relationship to parent:
______________________________________________________________________________

                                                                _________________________

5/1/2007



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Your Diligent Search File
Organization is the key to a successful diligent search!

Begin with a letter-size pressboard folder (the kind with 2 inside partitions and 6
flaps with clips on them works great).

Label your file with the name of the individual you are searching for, the
dependency case number, and the children’s names in this fashion:

                    Smith, John W.        Case No. 2004-DP-67
                        Children: Amy Smith and John W. Smith, Jr.


                                    Flap No. 1
Your first flap should contain a log sheet like the one shown. You will want to use
this log sheet to record phone calls, letters, etc.

                                    Flap No. 2
                                   Accurint Report

                                    Flap No. 3
                              Misc. Internet information

                                    Flap No. 4
                            Copies of all letters sent out




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                                   Flap No. 5
                                Responses Received

                                   Flap No. 6
                    Your completed Affidavit of Diligent Search


Helpful hint….save your diskette or CD in the file. For example, if you do a search
on an individual who is in the Jacksonville area, save the diskette/CD in the file
with all of the letters. Also be sure to save the Affidavit on diskette/CD in the file.
If you need to do a search on someone in this area again, you’ve got half the job
done.

Maintaining your Diligent Search File in an orderly fashion makes it very easy to
produce an Affidavit in no time when you have concluded your search.




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   SAMPLE SPREADSHEET - ATTACHMENT ”A” DILIGENT SEARCH ON __________CASE NO. __________
   DATE          METHOD OF CONTACT       NAME ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF       DATE       RESPONSE
 CONTACT       (PHONE/LETTER/INTERNET)          PERSON AND AGENCY CONTACTED         RESPONSE
MADE/LETTER                              (DESIGNATE IF NEIGHBOR, RELATIVE OR PAST   RECEIVED
   SENT                                                  EMPLOYER)
              Phone                      Relative -

              Phone                      Relative -

              Phone                      Neighbor -

              Phone                      Neighbor -

              Phone                      Local Jail -

              Phone/Letter               Local Law Enforcement Reports -

              Phone/Letter               (Past) Employer

              Phone/Letter               (Past) Employer

              Certified Letter           Last Known Address

              Computer                   FSFN

              Internet                   www.whitepages.com

              Internet                   www.bigbook.com

              Internet                   www.vinelink.com

              Internet                   www.dc.state.fl.us

              Internet                   www.myfloridacounty.com

              Internet                   www.melissadata.com

              Internet                   www.zabasearch.com

              Internet                   www.ask.com

              Internet                   www.peoplefinders.com

              Internet                   www.intelius.com

              Internet                   www.dc.state.fl.us

              Internet                   www.inmatesplus.com

              Internet                   www.bop.gov

              Internet                   www.vitalrec.com

              Internet                   www.flclerks.com/Clerk_webs.html

              Internet                   www.fdle.state.fl.us

              Internet                   http://ssdi.rootsweb.com

              Letter                     Drivers License Bureau

              Letter                     Local Hospital

              Letter                     Local Walk In Clinic

              Letter                     Local Electric Company




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Letter   Local Water/Sewer Company

Letter   Local Sanitation Company

Letter   Local Law Enforcement Agency

Letter   Local Cabled TV Company

Letter   Court Criminal and Civil Records

Letter   Local Jail – Attention Bookings

Letter   Local Hospital

Letter   Voter's Registration

Letter   County Tax Collector

Letter   Property Appraiser

Letter   Supervisor of Elections

Letter   County Health Department

Letter   Utility- Electric

Letter   Local Phone Service

Letter   U.S. Postal Service




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The Internet

The Internet has excellent locate resources for you and they’re getting
better everyday. Here’s a sampling of popular search engines and free
links. Most of the search engines have links to "people finders".

Search Engines

www.altavista.com

www.yahoo.com

www.ask.com

www.zabasearch.com

www.intelius.com

www.melissadata.com




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Search Links
www.whitepages.com
www.four11.com
www.phonevalidator.com
www.bigbook.com
www.infospace.com
http://ssdi.rootsweb.com
www.dc.state.fl.us
www.vinelink.com
www.myfloridacounty.com
www.nsopr.gov
www.IAF.net
www.switchboard.com
www.areaconnect.com
www.peoplefinders.com
www.bestredyp.com


Other Helpful Sites…
Maps/Directions
www.randmcnally.com
www.mapquest.com
www.maps.excite.com
www.expediamaps.com
www.MapsOnUs.com
www.melissadata.com
www.areaconnect.com
www.bigbook.com


Zip Code Links
www.usps.com
www.melissadata.com
www.areaconnect.com
www.bigbook.com


More Favorites
http://www.wowworks.com (Wow Works City Guide)
http://iapps.courts.state.us (New York Unified Court System)
http://www.nconline.org (National Center for State Courts)
http://infomaniac.home.infionline.net (public records online)
www.sunbiz.com (Florida Business Registrations)
www.myfloridagov (Official Portal of the State of Florida)




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Internet Favorites
www.whitepages.com
Reverse phone and address directories

www.bigbook.com
Verizon white & yellow pages

www.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Corrections
Select Inmate Locator Link
(contains links to all other states)

www.bop.gov
Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator

www.vinelink.com

www.inmatesplus.com
Free inmate locator for Florida and many other states

www.flcourts.org
Florida Courts

www.flclerks.com
Florida Court Clerk’s Locator

www.flabar.org
Florida Bar Site

http://legal.firm.ed/sheriff/sheriff.html
Florida Sheriff’s Locator

www.fdle.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Law Enforcement

www.usps.com
U.S. Postal Service

www.myfloridalegal.com
Florida Attorney General Web Site
Has great link to all Florida Sheriffs. Enter "Sheriffs" in text box. This will get you to a large
query. Skip the first frame of 20 queries and jump to the second 20. The 8th one down is
Florida Sheriffs. This is an excellent link to all Florida Sheriffs in all counties.
www.melissadata.com


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Great free look-ups. People finder, zip codes. Enter a phone number and get the city, state,
county, time zone, zip and more. Enter an address and get the zip code, area code, county,
street details, etc. Select “Look Ups”.

www.areaconnect.com
Select a state and get targeted local information. White and yellow pages plus zip codes and
maps.

http://ssdi.rootsweb.com
Social Security Death Index

www.redcross.org
Official site of the American Red Cross. This site helps you locate people in the aftermath of
national disasters. This is one of the largest consolidated family links websites with the most
current information available, however due to the relocation of movement of evacuees, location
information may not be complete, current or correct.

www.katrinasafe.com
An American Red Cross site, www.katrinasafe.com assists with locating individuals who may
have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.

www.pandia.com
Use this site to learn how to search the Web more efficiently and to help determine what search
engines to use.

www.statelocalgov.net
This state and local government Internet directory provides access to thousands of state
agencies and city and county governments – from the state’s home page to the smallest
counties or townships.

http://www.siteselection.com/directories/utilities/
Locates utility companies nationwide.

www.militaryconnections.com
Helpful in locating military personnel abroad and overseas

For Inactive Military Personnel Information:
National Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

For Active Military Personnel Information:
US Army Human Resources, Attn: AHRC-CC-B
1 Reserve Way
St. Louis, MO 63132-5200




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District 13 Official Records
http://www.myfloridacounty.com/


Hernando County
http://www.clerk.co.hernando.fl.us


Lake County
http://www.clerk.lake.fl.us


Marion County
http://www.marioncountyclerk.org/


Citrus County
http://www.citrusclerk.com


Sumter County
http://www.sumterclerk.com/public/




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http://proagency.tripod.com
Check this one out….
You will love it, but get on it early in the day. This is such a popular site
that it is often temporarily suspended due to excessive bandwidth
consumption.

This site allows you to select by county/state most public records. It is
also free, so make use of this one.


www.virtualchase.com/people/public_records.html
This free website is hosted by Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP
and is designed to assist legal professionals doing research. It has
nearly everything, including…

Listing of free public records sites
Civil Court records by state
Cemeteries of the United States
Sex Offenders
Telelphone directories of the US, Canada, and all over the world
Inmate locators
How to order birth, death, marriage & divorce records for all states

www.virtualgumshoe.com
Free resources for investigators
Also has a warrants directory by state/county plus more.


http://www.siteselection.com/directories/utilities/
Nationwide utility company locator




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www.whitepages.com

You will not be able to live without this one!

An outstanding tool for the following applications…

♦ When you have a phone number, and want to find out the address as well as the name of
  the person the phone number is listed under.

♦ When you have an address and want to know the phone number as well as the name of the
  individual listed.

♦ When you want to look up residential or business phone numbers.

Please note that this tool will not provide information from unlisted phone numbers.




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www.bigbook.com

Powered by Verizon. You will never use a phone book again.
Guaranteed. Contains information from every phone book in the United
States. White & yellow pages, reverse look-ups, zip codes, directions
and more. Fast and friendly.

Click here to go to www.bigbook.com.

                         www.bigbook.com

 Select "people pages" that is located in the upper red bar.




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Other Websites with Reverse Name and Address Look Ups
www.411locate.com
www.aol.com
www.anywho.com
www.infospace.com
www.switchboard.com




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Florida Department of Corrections Website
www.dc.state.fl.us

Check link for “all of the above” categories and perform the
search.

Please note that the links page provides you with the
corrections departments in all 50 states.

Print the page for your diligent search file.


Bureau of Prisons Locator
www.bop.gov
Bureau of prisons inmate locator for the entire country.


Florida County Jails
http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us (State Library and Archives of Florida.
Put “County Jails” in search box)


National Sex Offender Public Registry
http://www.nsopr.gov/




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District 13 Warrant Information

Marion County
http://www.marionso.com/warrant.php

Hernando County
http://www.hernandosheriff.org/mostwanted/

Citrus County
http://www.sheriffcitrus.org/Webpages/fpMissing.htm

Sumter County
http://sumtercountysheriff.org/mostwanted.asp

Lake County
www.dailycommercialonline.com/mostwanted/




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Free Inmate Locators

In the interest of public safety, many State Department of Corrections make
available to law enforcement agencies, and the general public, information and
photographs of inmates who are incarcerated, were previously incarcerated, and
those who are or were under probationary supervision. More and more states
are making these inmate locators available all the time. These inmate locators
generally provide a phone number for the inmate's Classification Officer or
Probation Officer. These individuals are extremely helpful in assisting you with
locating an individual, even if he was released many years ago. Following are
states that offer inmate locators:

           Alabama                            Mississippi
           Arizona                            Montana
           Arkansas                           Nebraska
           Connecticut                        New York
           Florida                            Nevada
           Georgia                            New Jersey
           Idaho                              North Carolina
           Indiana                            Ohio
           Illinois                           Oklahoma
           Iowa                               Pennsylvania
           Kansas                             South Carolina
           Kentucky                           Tennessee
           Maryland                           Texas
           Michigan                           Virginia
           Minnesota




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Public Records on Line
Searching public records is getting easier and faster each day. Now, there is software that
dredges and sifts through public documents.

Public records are records or incidents of actions filed or recorded with a government agency.
Everyone leaves a trail of information that begins on the day they are born with their birth
certificate. Your listed telephone number in the phone books is an example of a public record.

Searching public records takes time and patience. Finding court records online from state or
county levels is a challenge, and varies from state to state. There are scattered county courts
that have implemented their own online systems. Other counties are ten years behind them
and one must go to the courthouse to search. However, more and more states and counties
are putting their public records on line each day. Counties are reaping large savings by hosting
records on line because it saves them a great deal of clerical time.

There are many records – some accessible, some accessible with restrictions, and some
inaccessible, that create a unique identity. Staying “on the trail” takes persistence. Develop a
passion for investigating and uncovering the truth and your job will become more enjoyable.
Delving into public records will solve many a cases for you. Aside from diligent searches, if
you have any friends who are venturing into "on-line dating", you may want to advise them to
check out public records on candidates to find out criminal and marital status, as well as
bankruptcy filings.

Most state websites have links to county records.   All state home pages are shown like this:

                           Florida       www.state.fl.us

                           Georgia       www.state.ga.us

                           Illinois      www.state.il.us

                           Maine         www.state.me.us


A great Internet directory of official state, county, and city government websites is
www.statelocalgov.net. This site provides access to all government websites in a given state
– from a state’s home page to small counties or townships.




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Search and Locate Tools

ACCURINT - Intelligent investigating at the highest level….
Accurint is the premiere search and locate tool. If your region is not using it, someone should to
look into it. Not only will Accurint reduce your costs, you will find missing parents a lot faster.

Accurint’s huge database is its best asset. While other locate tools provide millions of records,
Accurint scans billions of records within seconds. Accurint has access to over 33 billion
records compiled from over 400 different sources. The icing on the cake is that Accurint
crosschecks information to find the names of people. Accurint is truly one stop shopping at its
best. Accurint doesn’t just search one database at a time, it searches several and provides you
with a succinct, legible report within seconds. Accurint gets better and better each week as it
continues to add additional counties to their criminal court records and divorce records. Seisint,
Inc., the global information company that developed Accurint, was recently acquired by
LexisNexis. Seisint has donated use of its technology and resources to the National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children in Washington D.C. More than 358,000 missing children are
abducted each year. Speed of search is critical. Children located within the first 24 hours are
more likely to be found alive.

You can pick and choose the type of reports you want with Accurint, ranging from a Summary
Report for 50 cents to a Comprehensive Report for $5.50. You can also add on a criminal
records search for just $1.00 and an employment search for $1.00. There is no charge if no
records are found.

The Comprehensive Report can be obtained for $5.50. It contains the following:
     Address Summary
     Social Security Number and Date and Location Where Issued
     Current Listed Phones
     Historical Addresses
     Drivers Licenses
     Vehicle Registration
     Criminal Records and Sexual Offenders
     Relatives (up to 3 degrees)
     Florida Accidents
     Property Records
     Possible phone numbers for associates
     Neighbors Phones
     Bankruptcy Indicator
     Voter Registration



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The Finder’s Report that can be obtained for just $2.50 generally contains sufficient
address and phone numbers to locate the individual. For your application, this report
represents the best value.

Accurint also has a new employment locator that is getting better and better each
day. The fee for this search link is $1.00.

A new “Phones Plus” feature has just been enhanced with more data! One million records
have been added to the Phones Plus database. This new search delivers access to more than
50 million non-EDA records, possible cell and other non-directory assistance phone numbers –
a great alternative when traditional searches are not enough. Phones Plus is available for 50
cents per hit.

If you are not sure of the exact spelling of the person’s name, simply check the “Search for other
possible name spellings” checkbox and Accurint will search using spelling variations of the
name.

You will need to obtain a user name and password from your System Administrator to
use Accurint.


Now the fun begins…
Search & Locate tools are exciting and fun to use. Follow these simple instructions to log onto
Accurint:

1. Log onto www.accurint.com
  This is an extremely user friendly locator tool.

2. Enter your USER NAME and PASSWORD. Click on CONTINUE.

3. Select PEOPLE SEARCH for your first try at a diligent search..

4. At this point, you will come to a frame where you need to select the
   purpose for which you are conducting a search.

       - Click on #2 – LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATIONS.
       - Next, click on #1 - "For Use by a court, law enforcement agency, or
       other government agency or entity, acting directly on behalf of a
       government agency"

5. You are now at the "People Search" frame. You must now enter the required reference
code in the lower right corner of the frame. You will enter either the DCF Court Case Number
or a FAHIS Number.




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6. Next, enter as much information as is known about the individual in the text boxes. When
you are finished, click the SEARCH button.

7. If any records are found which meet the criteria, you will receive a listing showing the names
of all individuals associated with your request. If no records are found on the individual, this will
be noted at the bottom of the frame. There will not be a charge unless records are found. If
too many records are found (this often happens with very common names), you will get a text
box letting you know that there were too many records to draw from. When this happens, you
will need to put in additional identifiers to help narrow your search.

8. From this list, you will select the reference name that most likely represents the individual
you are searching for. Carefully check the date of birth to be sure the individual is in the age
range of the person you are searching for. Check the "Dates" column. These dates represent
the period that the record was added to Accurint. Select the most recent date range and now
click on the icon on the far left to order your report.

9. Click on the icon to the left of the name to "Run a Report".

10. You are now at a screen that offers your report options. You may choose from the
Summary Report (for fifty cents), the Finder’s Report ($2.50), The Asset Report ($2.50), or the
Comprehensive Report ($5.50). You can also customize a report and this individual report will
vary in price, but generally will not exceed $3.50. The Finder’s Report is an excellent value and
is recommended. The Comprehensive Report includes all options available, but will generally
contain a lot more information than is needed for your purpose.

11. Once you have selected your report, you will want to run a copy of it. A helpful tip is to
print reports with 1/4 inch margins. Click the red button to learn how to set them when you are
at the report selection frame.

Hints on using Accurint ….
♦ You will find that Accurint is an enormous help. Frequently, no further search methods are
  necessary. However, more often then not, Accurint reports represent older, historical
  address information and the individual likely has moved on.

♦ Accurint draws heavily from public information that is self-reported by the individual. Accurint
  also draws from public and professional licenses and property records. Since many of the
  individuals that we are searching for do not fall into these categories, we are often unable to
  pick up current location information.

♦ Due to the varying confidentiality laws of different states, you will find that some states allow
  more data to be reported than others.

♦ You cannot rely on the driver license address that is shown in these reports as being
  accurate. Many of the people that we are searching for do not update their address with the
  Drivers License Bureau when they move.



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♦ Accurint is extremely helpful in finding a person’s social security number if one is not
  available. Just select State/Last Name/First Name or Last Name/Date of Birth or any of the
  search combinations that are listed.

♦ Accurint is an excellent tool for finding a person’s new married name.


ACCURINT’S ADVANCED PERSON SEARCH

Accurint’s Advanced Person Search is designed for “piece part” information. Sometimes we
only have bits and pieces of information. If you are looking for “John Swanson from Texas” and
the only information that you have is that he is about 30 years old and his mother’s first name is
“Margaret”, don’t give up. Put in this “piece part” information and you’ll be amazed at what this
powerful search will do for you.

Please review these training tips that are provided by Accurint as part of
their on-line training regarding the Advanced Person Search:

QUICK START

First, try to locate the subject using one or more of the following search techniques:

1.     If you know the subject’s Social Security Number, use it alone in your first search.
Even though SSNs are the most reliable identifier for an individual, they are not 100 percent
dependable because some records may not contain a subject’s SSN. Therefore, a record for an
individual may not appear when searching using SSN only. Conducting a second search using
Name and State provides additional coverage.

2.    Search using Last Name, First Name, and State. If too many records are returned, try
adding a City or State. You can also use a partial first name. Adding criteria not already used,
such as first name, middle name or initial, DOB, city, state, ZIP code, or age range, refines a
search. The more criteria you provide, the more precise (narrow) the results will be.

Keep in mind that some records may not contain a middle name or initial, so providing one could
eliminate records that you may want included.

If you are unsure of the subject’s proper first name, try using a variation of the name. Accurint’s
intuitive automatic nickname feature will return results matching the subject’s proper first
name. If you are unsure of the spelling of a person’s name, try checking the PHONETIC
SEARCH box which will search for phonetic variations of the subject’s name if no exact match is
found.

3. Start using a Telephone Number. You may use seven digits, with or without a State.




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4. Search using a Last Name, First Name, State, and full or partial Date of Birth (DOB).
   A DOB may be entered in several formats: mm/yyyy, mm/dd/yyyy, or yyyy alone.

   For example:
            1).     Month and Year:             (04/1963)
            2).     Month, Day and Year:       (04/23/1963)
            3).     Year only                  (1963)

   In the event that a Subject’s complete DOB is unknown, searching by mm/yyyy or yyyy
   format may prove to be helpful.

5. Search using a DOB and First Name. If more records are returned than are practical to
   review, refine your search by adding a City and State or Zip Code.

Searching Deeper
Advanced Person Search allows you to include additional information about your subject, such
as a relative name or previous state of residence, or even use partial information you may have,
to more accurately pinpoint where they may be located.

1.      Search using your subject’s name and the first name of a relative. For example,
if you are looking for John Doe and you know he has a relative with the first name of Jane.

2.     Search using your subject’s name and include a name they have previously used
or may be currently using. For example, Jane Doe may have been previously known as Jane
Smith.

3.      Search using your subject’s name and state of residence as well as any previous
state or states (maximum of two) in which they may have resided. For example, Jane Doe
in Florida and previously resided in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

4.     Search using your subject’s name, city and state and include the name of another
city and state in which they may have lived. For example, Jane Doe in Sunrise, Florida, and
Tallahassee, Florida.

5.  Search using your subject’s name and the last four digits of their Social Security
Number. For example, Jane Doe and 1234. You may even use a partial first name.

6.    Search using your subject’s last name and first and middle initials. For example,
J.D. Doe.

7.    Search using your subject’s name and partial street address. For example,
Jane Doe on Main Street, Anywhere, FL.




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HELPFUL SEARCH TIPS

TOO MANY RECORDS FOUND
If your search returns the following message: “Search completed. Too many records
found.” There is no Charge for this search. It means the search criteria results in more than
1,000 records. Try narrowing the list of results by adding search criteria.

EXPAND LIST OF RESULTS
If too few or no results are returned, loosen the criteria by removing the most precise or
uncertain criteria (e.g., middle name or initial, date of birth, city).

NON-SSN SEARCHES
Non-SSN searches do not always return all records associated with the Subject. In order to
ensure all records for the Subject are returned, you must identify at least one records that has a
high level of confidence to be the Subject’s record (see “Find a Subject in the Displayed List”).
CLICK on that record’s SSN to return the optimal results; that is, all records associated with the
Subject including the current address and telephone number.

FIND A SUBJECT IN THE DISPLAYED LIST
Identify the number of unique persons by examining the SSNs. For each individual, examine
their records to determine if the displayed age, geographic regions, middle name or initial, or
first name fit get the optimal set of results including the current most probable address and
phone number. Initiate a Report for the Subject by CLICKing on the Run a Report icon on the
left-hand side and following the prompts.

INDICATORS
If your search returns icons to the right of the subject’s address, that is an indication that
Accurint has found additional information about your subject using Accurint’s advanced linking
capabilities. The icons that may be present may indicate property assessment records; motor
vehicle records, or People at Work records. Clicking on the icon will launch the search
automatically.

ACTIVE TELEPHONE NUMBER
When the word “Active” appears to the right of a telephone number that indicates the telephone
number is currently active at that address. This is particularly helpful if multiple telephone
numbers are returned for one address.

BLUE CHECK MARK FOUND
The blue check mark to the left of a subject’s address indicates a probable current address. On
records with a blue check mark, you will also see the word “Current” under the locate Index
column found to the right of any telephone information or additional search indicators. Records
without a blue check mark will have either the word “Probable” or “Historic”. If a subject is
found but has no blue check mark to indicate the most likely current address, you can try to find


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a subject through associates, landlords, relatives, or neighbors. Initiate a Report for the Subject
by CLICKing on the Run a Report icon on the left-hand side and follow the prompts. When a
report is generated, scroll down to find the relevant individuals.

DECEASED SUBJECTS
If your results are returned with a red “D” to the left of the subject’s name, that means that the
Subject has been reported “Deceased”. Move your mouse over the “D” to view the date of the
death. For deaths reported since 2001, there may also be a ”P” which would mean that proof,
such as a death certificate, has been filed with the Social Security Administration, or a “V” which
would mean that the death has been verified by a family member.,

Hardly any information…..Don’t give up !
You can often find someone with hardly any information. Here’s an example. Our client, Dana
Bradley, met a fellow whose nickname was “Slick” and whose last name was Schmidlepski while
on vacation and 9 months later little Johnny Schmidlepski was born. “Slick” Schmidlepski was
rumored to be from Lake County, Illinois. Dana could not remember anything else about him,
other than the fact that he was a white male approximately 30 years old. In this case, you will
want to search by County and Last Name. Just enter “Lake County, Illinois” and “Schmidlepski”
for the last name. One Schmidlepski is 87 years old so skip him. The other one was born in
June of 1972 and has a prior address in Wildwood in Sumter County, Florida. We may have
found our man because Dana lived in Sumter County! Pull a Comprehensive Report on him.
Now, you find out all kinds of valuable information on this character and it gets more exciting!
The latest information shows Michael Schmidlepski, A/K/A “Slick” Schmidlepski is now living in
Maryland and has an address of 387 Surf Blvd., Ocean City, Maryland. Use
www.whitepages.com to check out 387 Surf Blvd., Ocean City, Maryland. You find out that
this is the address for “Charlie’s Crab House. Accurint provides the phone number for Charlie’s
Crab House. Is Slick employed here? Accurint also provides a different phone number that is
associated with Slick. Again, check this number out at www.whitepages.com. This phone
number belongs to a Linda Smith in Ocean City, MD. Is this a new girlfriend or a roommate?
Let the Family Care Manager and your Legal Department know what you have found. At this
point, you may want to put on your sleuth hat and call Charlie’s Crab House. If they say that
“Slick” will be in at 4:00 PM, you know you found your man.




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CHASING MOVING TARGETS…

HOW TO FIND THE ELUSIVE MISSING PARENT
Often, the individuals we are searching for represent a common profile. This stereotype makes
them difficult to find for the following reasons:

♦ They are shiftless and move frequently, often in an endeavor to avoid child support

♦ They have poor employment skills and change jobs repeatedly, often every few weeks

♦ They do not file a forwarding address with the post office, nor do they update their driver’s
  license with a new address

♦ They often reside with friends and relatives, never establishing a valid address, and their
  friends and relatives generally do not disclose their location.

♦ They are often in local jails, do not own property, and do not maintain voter registration
  status.

♦ They do not possess professional licenses or certifications

♦ They generally work for low wages and are often employed by temporary
  agencies, fast food agencies, and in other service industries

♦ They rarely have listed phone numbers

Search and locate software such as Accurint will generally only provide older historical address
information on these individuals. These individuals do not initiate anything that will plant them
into public record databases. Use of the State Parent Locator Service is the best way to
find these missing parents. It’s not likely that these people are independently wealthy, so that
means they are working somewhere. The SPLS should pick these people up somewhere in the
country where they are presently working. A person who works even just for a few days will be
deposited into a database that will eventually feed into the Department of Revenue’s data bank.
Generally, someone will be picked up within a few weeks. If nothing shows up, try the SPLS
again in about 3 weeks time to see if something shows up. If they are picked up, you will
receive a printout showing where they are presently employed, the address of the place of
employment, their residence address, and the wages earned during the last fiscal quarter.

These individuals are apt to change their location or residence very shortly, so you must act on
this information immediately by notifying the counselor and your Legal Department. You can
also help out by finding out on the Internet the name of the county they reside in, the address
and phone number for the sheriff’s office for that county so that the Legal Department can set
the case for arraignment for the missing parent and promptly have him/her served by a Sheriff.


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State and Federal Parent Locator Service
The State and Federal Parent Locator Service is a computerized national location network operated by
the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement/Florida Department of Revenue that provides address and
social security information to State and local Child Support Enforcement agencies. This information is
provided only to authorized users for the purpose of locating non-custodial parents, establishing
paternity, enforcing child support obligations and assisting persons in completing diligent searches.

Taking full advantage of this rich data source is of the utmost importance to your success. Do not
hesitate to contact the Florida Department of Revenue, Office of Child Support Enforcement in
Jacksonville. They stand ready to assist you in any way possible as we all work together to improve the
lives of Florida’s children.

The State and Federal Parent Locator Service utilizes a number of powerful sources in its mammoth
database, the most valuable being The National Directory of New Hires (NDNH). This database
continues to be the largest and most comprehensive repository of employment information dedicated to
locating non-custodial parents that is available in the country. New Hire Reporting began in October
1997 when all employers were required to report information on newly hired employees to a designated
State agency within 20 days of the date of hire. All states feed their new information into a common
database that is shared for purposes of locating missing parents. Most states issue fines for employers
who fail to report new hires to NDNH.

On page 56 of this manual is Form No. CS-AP80, as well as instructions, that are to be used for
submitting requests to the State and Federal Parent Locator Service. Additionally, this form is
available on e-forms so that staff may have ready access to it. All staff must use this form when making
requests. Please do not attempt to contact local Department of Revenue offices.
Access to the State and Federal Parent Locator resources are authorized to DCF and their lead
contractors. Therefore, all requests for diligent searches must be received directly from DCF or one of
the lead agencies. Currently, the DOR does not assess a fee for non-IV-D search requests. However,
there are new federal regulations pending that may change the current policy related to fees. It is
unknown when the new regulations may take effect, however, DOR will coordinate with DCF prior to any
changes related to fees, if any.

Requests to use the State Parent Locator Services must be faxed or mailed to the following:

Mailing Address:                                           Fax Address:
Florida Department of Revenue                              Florida Department of Revenue
Child Support Enforcement Program                          Child Support Enforcement Program
ATTN: State Parent Locator Service                         ATTN: State Parent Locator Service
921 N. Davis Street, Bldg. A, Suite 370            `       FAX: 904 798-4357
Jacksonville, Fl 32209-6832                                SUNCOM: 826-4357

The State Parent and Federal Locator Service utilizes state-of-the-art tools that are highly effective.
However, the CSE folks in Jacksonville are very busy with requests from all over the State. They would
like you to run an Accurint Report first before you fax a request to them.




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                                            Child Support Enforcement
                               Request for Authorization to Use the
                             State and Federal Parent Locator Service
                                                                           Date: ___________________________
I hereby request the State Parent Locator Service (SPLS) of the Florida Department of Revenue, Child Support
Enforcement Program, to access available location resources including the Federal Parent Locator Service and
provide current location information, if known, concerning the following individual:

    1) Name: ______________________________________________________________________________
    2) Social Security number: ________________________________________________________________
    3) Date of birth: _________________________________________________________________________
    4) Other information: _____________________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________________________
Note: SPLS information sources require certain identifying information in order for those sources to generate
location responses. Failure to provide a name and Social Security number (or date of birth if a Social Security
number is unknown) will not allow the SPLS to conduct location searches, resulting in a denial of this request.


PLEASE CHECK THE APPROPRIATE REASON OR AUTHORITY FOR YOUR REQUEST. UNAUTHORIZED
USE OF STATE PARENT LOCATOR INFORMATION MAY RESULT IN DENIAL OF FUTURE REQUESTS AND
OTHER LEGAL SANCTIONS.

I certify under penalty of perjury that:

____ the requesting entity is under contract with the Department of Children and Families and is acting on behalf of
the petitioner to perform diligent searches as required by s. 39.503(5)-(7) or 39.803(5)-(7), F.S., or both.

____ the requesting entity is, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. s. 653, an “authorized person” and will use the information for
the purpose of establishing parentage; establishing the amount of, modifying, or enforcing a support obligation.

____ the requesting entity is, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. s. 663, an “authorized person” and will use the information for
the purpose of enforcing any state or federal law with respect to the unlawful taking or restraint of a child or making
or enforcing a child custody or visitation determination.

___________________________________                            ___________________________________
Name of Requesting Entity                                      Name of Entity Representative (Please Print)
___________________________________                            ___________________________________
Mailing Address                                                Signature of Entity Representative
___________________________________                            (____)______________         (____)______________
City, State, Zip Code                                          Telephone Number             Fax Number

Please mail or fax the completed form to the following address:
Mailing Address:                                        Fax Address:
Florida Department of Revenue                           Florida Department of Revenue
Child Support Enforcement Program                       Child Support Enforcement Program
ATTN: State Parent Locator Service                      ATTN: State Parent Locator Service
921 N. Davis St., Building A, Suite 370                 FAX: (904) 798-4357
Jacksonville, FL 32209-6832                             SUNCOM: 826-4357



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Instructions for Use of Form CS-AP80

The state parent locator may only be accessed for authorized purposes of establishing parentage and/ or
support obligations. You must submit one form for each individual for which the agency is attempting to
locate.

1) Provide the full first name, full middle name (if known) or initials and full last name. This field is
required.

2) Provide the social security number(s). If the individual is known to use multiple social security
numbers, provide all.

3) Provide the date of birth of the individual. If the full date of birth is not known, provide at least the
month and the year of birth. This field is required.

4) Other information. Provide any information that may assist in the location effort. For example, the last
known address(es), last known employer, relatives or friends names. The more information provided,
the more likelihood of location.

5) Please enter a check on the appropriate line that identifies the appropriate reason or authority for your
request. This field is required.

6) Enter the name of the organization with the individual name and contact information of the requesting
party. The requesting individual must sign this form and provide a telephone contact number. This field
is required.

7) Fax or mail the form to the address listed at the bottom of the form. Search results will be sent to the
agency address provided by the requestor.

Please ensure the address and all information submitted on the form can be read.




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How to Locate Parents who are Outside of the United States
Often, you will learn that a missing parent may be out of the country. To assist you in locating the
individual, several countries and Canadian provinces have bilateral reciprocity with Florida and they will
generally assist you with your request. You will want to contact the foreign embassy of the country that
the missing parent is believed to be in. The fastest way to find the address and phone number for the
embassy that you want is to visit www.embassy.org. This is an electronic listing of each of the
embassies in Washington DC with addresses, phone numbers, and links to other web-based resources.

                           INTERNATIONAL RECIPROCITY LIST

FLORIDA HAS BILATERAL RECIPROCITY WITH THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES:

                              CANADIAN PROVINCES                   UNITED KINGDOM

AUSTRALIA                     ALBERTA                              ENGLAND
AUSTRIA                       MANITOBA                             NORTHERN IRELAND
BERMUDA                       NEW BRUNSWICK                        SCOTLAND
CZECK REPUBLIC                NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR                WALES
FINLAND                       NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
FRANCE                        NOVA SCOTIA
GERMANY                       NUNAVUT
HUNGARY                       ONTARIO
IRELAND                       PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
JAMAICA                       QUEBEC
NORWAY                        SASKATCHEWAN
POLAND                        YUKON TERRITORY
SLOVAK REPUBLIC
SOUTH AFRICA
SWEDEN

The Florida Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Program will accept requests
for assistance with child support issues from these countries. These countries will also accept
requests for assistance from the Florida Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement
Program.




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How to Locate a Parent who may be in Mexico
Although Florida does not share reciprocity with Mexico, it's a good idea to contact the Mexican
Embassy because they often offer some assistance as a courtesy. A branch of the Mexican
Embassy is located in Orlando. Here's the address, phone and fax:

                           Mexican Consulate
                           100 West Washington Street
                           Orlando, FL 32801-2315
                           (407) 433-0514
                           (407) 422-9633


How to Locate a Parent who may be in Canada
Try these resources:

Canadian White Pages
http://www.white.pages.can

Federal Warrants for Persons Wanted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/wanted/index_e.htm

Children’s Aid Societies List
http://www.nacac.org/subsidy_provincialprofiles.html




Global Phone Book Resource Site
www.phonebooksoftheworld.com




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Security and Protection of Personal Identifiable Information
♦ You have a responsibility to protect the personal identifiable information that you are working
  with. Your diligent search file contains someone's complete identity, social security number,
  date of birth, address, phone number and privileged information about family members. You
  must protect this information as if it were your own!

♦ Never leave an Accurint report lying around. It is a highly confidential document.

♦ Please be extremely careful with user names and passwords. These passwords should
  never be made available to anyone.

♦ Always use a valid case number or abuse report number when requesting an Accurint
  Report.

♦ Employees are not permitted to access Accurint for personal use. Be aware that you are
  being monitored by your employer as well as Accurint.

♦ Unauthorized use of these locate tools may subject you to criminal prosecution and
  penalties.

♦ Shred all paperwork that does not need to be saved.




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PHONE CALLS – NOT AN OPTION !

You must call…
♦   All Known Relatives
♦   Past Employers
♦   Former Neighbors
♦   Your Local Jail – ask for Bookings
♦   Anyone you think may have information on the individual

Make a written note for your file with the date, time of call, name of person/agency and any
information obtained during the conversation. Let people know exactly why you are calling.
People will often go out of their way to assist you when they realize that there are young
children involved. Always thank people for their help and be sure to leave your name and
phone number and ask the person to call you back if they have any additional information.

Cold phone calls can be laborious, especially if the individual is hiding. Be prepared for a long
siege of phone calls. Always speak to the person who answers the phone in a casual manner,
as if the individual lives there, "Hi, Can I speak to Joe?” If he's not there or doesn't live there,
ask the person if he/she can help you locate him. Continue to be casual… "I wonder if you
could help me? Does he have any friends in the area that you know of?”




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Agencies/Businesses that require letters

All Known Relatives
All Known Associates
Neighbors
Last Landlord
Last Employer
Driver License Bureau
Local Hospitals
Local Walk-In Clinics
Local Electric Companies
Local Water/Sewer Companies
Local Sanitation Companies
Local Law Enforcement Agencies
Cable TV Companies
Local Health Departments
Circuit Court Criminal Records
County Tax Collector
Housing Authority
Local Jail – Bookings
Dept. of Voter Registration
U.S. Postmaster
One-Stop Career Centers




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Standard Diligent Search Letter Requesting Information
Following is a sample of a letter to be used in requesting information. It should be sent regular
mail (not certified) and you should enclose a postage-paid, self-addressed envelope.

The simple form that is attached to the letter is designed to make it easy for the person receiving
the letter to reply promptly.

Since most agencies/businesses have confidentiality directives, it is necessary to attach a copy
of the Statutory Authority for Release of Information to the Department (see 64). This puts the
individual at ease in releasing confidential information. When people see this, they are much
more likely to respond to your request right away.




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                                                CONFIDENTIAL

May 1, 2007


Records Custodian
Spring Hill Regional Hospital
10461 Quality Drive
Spring Hill, FL 34606

Dear Sir/Madam:

We are conducting a diligent search on the individual named below. Please supply us with any
information that you may have on this person, pursuant to Florida Statutes Sections 39.503 and 39.803.
Florida law requires the Department to make attempts to determine the whereabouts of the below named
individual. This information is necessary for forthcoming court proceedings.

Florida Statutes Sections 39.503(7) and 39.803(7), provide that if an agency is contacted by the
Department, or their contracted service provider, requesting information regarding the location of a
parent or prospective parent, the agency shall release the requested information to the Department
without the need for a subpoena or court order. Florida law further requires all state, county and local
agencies to cooperate, assist, and provide information to the Department as will enable it to fulfill it’s
responsibilities per Fla. Stat. Sec. 39.0014. Please complete the attached form and return it in the
enclosed, postage paid envelope or contact me at 352 754-1111.

Name:                  John W. Smith
Soc. Sec. #            XXX-XX-4078
Date of Birth:         07/09/1967
Last Known Address:    107 Elm Street, Brooksville, FL 34601

Please note that any information you provide us is privileged and confidential. Thank you for your
assistance in this important matter.

Sincerely,


Mary Brown
Diligent Search Analyst


                                    has contracted with Kids Central Incorporated to be the
                                       Community-Based Care lead agency in District 13.

                                11331 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34601




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     STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR RELEASE OF INFORMATION
                   TO THE DEPARTMENT
39.0014 Responsibilities of public agencies. All state, county, and local agencies shall
cooperate, assist, and provide information to the department as will enable it to fulfill its
responsibilities under this chapter.

39.503 Identity or location of parent unknown; special procedures.--

(6) The diligent search required by subsection (5) must include, at a minimum, inquiries of all
relatives of the parent or prospective parent made known to the petitioner, inquiries of all offices
of program areas of the department likely to have information about the parent or prospective
parent, inquiries of other state and federal agencies likely to have information about the parent
or prospective parent, inquiries of appropriate utility and postal providers, and inquiries of
appropriate law enforcement agencies. Pursuant to s. 453 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C.
s. 653(c)(4), the department, as the state agency administering Titles IV-B and IV-E of the act,
shall be provided access to the state parent locator service for diligent search activities.

(7) Any agency contacted by a petitioner with a request for information pursuant to
subsection (6) shall release the requested information to the petitioner without the
necessity of a subpoena or court order.

39.803 Identity or location of parent unknown after filing of termination of parental rights
petition; special procedures.

(6) The diligent search required by subsection (5) must include, at a minimum, inquiries of all
known relatives of the parent or prospective parent, inquiries of all offices of program areas of
the department likely to have information about the parent or prospective parent, inquiries of
other state and federal agencies likely to have information about the parent or prospective
parent, inquiries of appropriate utility and postal providers, and inquiries of appropriate law
enforcement agencies.

(7) Any agency contacted by petitioner with a request for information pursuant to
subsection (6) shall release the requested information to the petitioner without the
necessity of a subpoena or court order.




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Spring Hill Regional Hospital
10461 Quality Drive
Spring Hill, FL 34606




                        DILIGENT SEARCH ON JOHN W. SMITH
                           Dependency Case No. 2004-DP-67

_____ I have no record of the above named individual.


_____ I have the following information on the above named individual.

If checked, complete section below.

According to our records, the above named individual may be currently residing at the address shown
below:


Address ___________________________________________________________________________

Phone ____________________________________________________________________________

Any other information_________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________



                                                  _________________________________________
                                                   Name of person completing this form

                                                  _________________________________________
                                                   Signature

                                                  _________________________________________
                                                   Date




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Standard Letter to the Division of Driver License Bureau
Requesting Information
It’s a good idea to always send a letter to:

       The Division of Driver License Bureau
       The Neil Kirkman Building
       Tallahassee, FL 32399

There is no charge, and the Driver License Bureau sends back a highly detailed report right
away! You’d be surprised what information you can pick up from their report that is not
contained on other reports. All traffic infractions, as well as where they occurred, are shown on
this report. You can frequently pick good leads from this report. It is also a very useful tool
when going for termination of parental rights, because it shows a pattern on the individual.




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Mail Merge
Enclosed is a diskette that contains a Mail Merge of all diligent search contacts for your area, as
well as adjoining counties.

Please follow these instructions to process your Mail Merge.

Insert the diskette and pull up the “Diligent Search Letter”.

♦ Go into Tools

♦ Select Mail Merge

♦ Select Get Data

♦ Select Open Data Source

♦ Now, go back into “A” drive and pull up Data Source

♦ Select Merge

♦ Select Merge Again

♦ Hit the Print button

♦ Sit back and relax while your letters print out

♦ Next, set up your printer for envelopes

♦ Pull up from “A” drive the document called “Envelope”

♦ Go into Tools

♦ Select Mail Merge

♦ Get Data

♦ Open Data Source


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♦ Merge

♦ Merge again

♦ Print


Please keep in mind that on your data source document, you can make changes at any time as
new information becomes available to you. Simply go into the cell you wish to change and enter
the new information over the old. You can easily add and delete cells by going into Table on
the toolbar.




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HOW TO OBTAIN A PHYSICAL ADDRESS WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE
A POST OFFICE BOX
Often, the only address that you have for a parent is a post office box. If your legal process
requires a physical address for a summons or subpoena, there is a form that you can fill out and
submit to your local post office to obtain the physical address of a box holder.

The form is self-explanatory and is shown on the following page.




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________________________________________________________
Postmaster                                      Date____________________________________
__________________________________
City, State, Zip Code
                           Request for Change of Address or Boxholder
                         Information Needed for Service of Legal Process

Please furnish the new address or the name and street address (if a boxholder) for the following:
Name:___________________________Address:__________________________________________________
NOTE: The name and last known address are required for change of address information. The name, if known,
and post office box address are required for boxholder information.
The following information is provided in accordance with 39 CFR 265(d)(ii). There is no fee for providing boxholder
information. The fee for providing change of address information is waived in accordance with 39 CFR 265(d)(1)
and (2) and corresponding Administrative Support Manual 352.44a and b.
1.      Capacity of requester (e.g., process server, attorney, party representing
        himself):___________________________________________________________________________
2.      Statute or regulation that empowers me to serve process (not required when requester is an attorney or a
        Party acting pro se - except a corporation acting pro se must cite.
3.      The names of all known parties to the litigation:_____________________________________________
4.      The court in which the case has been or will be heard:________________________________________
5.      The docket or other identifying number if one has been issued:_________________________________
6.      The capacity in which this individual is to be served (e.g. defendant or witness):
                                                         WARNING
THE SUBMISSION OF FALSE INFOMRATION TO OBTAIN AND USE CHANGE OF ADDRESS INFORMATION OR BOXHOLDER
INFORMATION FOR ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN TH ESERVICE OF LEGAL PROCESS IN CONNECTION WITH ACTUAL OR
PROSPECTIVE LITIGATION COULD RESULT IN CRIMINAL PENALTIES INCLUDING A FINE OF UP TO $10,000 OR IMPRISONMENT OR
(2) TO AVOID PAYMENHT OF THE FEE FOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS INFORMATION OR NOT MORE THAN 5 YEARS, OR BOTH (TITLE 18
U.S.C. SECTION 1001). I certify that the above information is true and that the address information is needed and will
be used solely for service of legal process in connection with actual or prospective litigation.

____________________________________              Address_____________________________________________
Signature
____________________________________              City, State, Zip_______________________________________
Printed Name

                                             FOR POST OFFICE USE ONLY

____No change of address order on file
____ New Address or Boxholder’s                 Name and Street Address
____Not known ad address given
____Moved, left no forwarding address          _____________________________________________
____No such address
                                             ________________________________________
POSTMARK


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Important Tips to Remember
Run a profile in your mind of the missing person. Has he or she been involved in drugs or other
law violations? Is the missing person avoiding child support responsibilities? What type of
work does the missing person do? This is important because people generally continue to work
in the same line of work. Carefully check previous addresses in Accurint. Over the last 10
years, has the person bounced back to Schoharie County, News York, several times? If so,
take a good look at Schoharie County and check online courthouse records to see if there has
been any activity, such as a parking ticket or speeding ticket in that county. People nearly
always gravitate to familiar surroundings where they have family and friends who are willing to
help them out.

When it comes to missing parents, Investigators and caseworkers will sometimes say…
        “He’s not in the picture…”
        “They’re better off without him…”
        "She’s an alcoholic…”
       “The children want nothing to do with her…”
You must remind Investigators and Caseworkers that by statute we must do everything possible
to locate a missing parent. Don’t necessarily believe what you hear about a missing parent
from a disgruntled former spouse. We have located many very decent parents who have
passed home studies and were actually model parents. These parents were grateful that we
located them and they in turn have made significant improvement in their children's lives.
Locating a missing parent may also mean being able to close the case out.

Make phone calls a part of your normal routine. Often the only way you will be able to pick up
the trail of a missing parent is by talking to relatives. It is also required by Statute that we
contact all known relatives. Relatives, as well as neighbors and associates offer a wealth of
information that will not be found in databases.

Run repeat locate reports, if necessary. If you don’t pick up current locate information the first
time with Accurint, wait 3-4 weeks and try again. Always make good use of the parent locator
service. Most people are working somewhere. It takes time for new employment information
to feed into these databases. Often, by faxing a request a few weeks later, new information will
show up. Be detailed with your request – the more information you provide, the more likely you
will receive current locate information from Jacksonville.

Utilizing a variety of locate resources works best. Keep in mind that it sometimes takes time for
new information on an individual to land in a database. Often, your mail merge response forms
will bring you location information that has not made its way into public records databases yet.

Know when to wrap it up and produce your Affidavit of Diligent Search. Although it’s fun to play
the role of a sleuth, our goal is to achieve permanency for children, and we must not loose sight
of this critical goal. Although many parents can easily be located with the current databases,
you need to realize that some do vanish into obscurity. They work under the table and live with
friends. They purchase new identities and they may not surface for sometime. You need to
focus on production and move your cases along as expeditiously as possible.



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                         SAMPLE AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT SEARCH


                IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
                        IN AND FOR CITRUS COUNTY, FLORIDA


IN THE INTEREST OF:                                 JUVENILE DIVISION
 John Brown, Jr.                                    CASE NO: 2004-DP-901
 DOB: 07/25/1992
___________________________/
       Minor Child


                       AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT SEARCH
                            OF JOHN BROWN, SR.

       BEFORE ME, the undersigned authority, personally appeared Janice Masters, Affiant,
who, being first duly sworn, deposes and says that she made a diligent search and inquiry to
determine the residence of John Brown, Sr. the purported father of John Brown, Jr. and the
results are as follows:

      1.    Affiant has received the name of John Brown, Sr. from Frank Bernate, Family
Services Counselor, for the Department of Children and Families.

      2.     Affiant has had no face-to-face contact with John Brown, Sr.

        3.    On May 19, 2005 Affiant conducted a locate report with Accurint, a nationwide
provider of one of the country’s largest depositories of public records. This report included
historical address information, information related to social security numbers, summary of
assets, drivers licenses, etc. The report also provided the names of other individual’s
address(es), neighbors, etc.

       4.    On May 18, 2005, Affiant contacted the Leasing Office at the last known address
for Mr. Brown. On May 30, 2005, the Leasing Office responded and indicated that they had no
knowledge of the whereabouts of Mr. Brown.




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The name and address for the leasing office is:

      Leasing Office
      2241 West Pensacola Street
      Tallahassee, FL 32304.

        5. On May 30, 2005, Affiant contacted the Records Office at Florida A & M University
in Tallahassee. The Records Office indicated that John Brown graduated on April 28, 2004
with a degree in Criminal Justice. They also indicated that the address and phone number for
Mr. Brown was as follows:

      John Brown, Sr.
      P.O. Box 336
      Bushnell, FL 33513
      (352) 793-7898

The address for Florida A & M University is as follows:

      Records Office
      Florida A & M University
      Tallahassee, FL 32307

      6. On May 30, 2005, Affiant telephoned Directory Assistance at (850) 555-1212 and was
informed that there was no listing for John Brown.

        7. On May 30, 2005, Affiant searched the Internet for a telephone listing for John Brown
in Tallahassee and was unable to find a listing.

       8. On May 22, 2005, Affiant contacted the Division of Driver Licenses in Tallahassee
regarding John Brown, Sr. On May 30, 2005, Affiant received a transcript from the Division of
Driver Licenses which indicated a mailing address for Mr. Brown that is shown below:

      John Brown
      2660 Old Bainbridge Road, Apartment 110
      Tallahassee, FL 32303-3566

        9. On May 30, 2005, Affiant contacted the State Parent Locator Service (SPLS), a
jurisdiction of the Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Program, in Tallahassee.
Later that day, the Department of Revenue faxed back to Affiant a report indicating that John
Brown, Sr. was employed by TDR Enterprises, DBA Carnival Burgers, and that he resided at
2660 Old Bainbridge Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303-3566.




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The report stated that he was employed from the first quarter of 1999 through the second
quarter of 2005.

      10. On July 27, 2005, Affiant sent a certified letter with a return receipt, to TDR
Enterprises, last known employer of John Brown, Sr. TDR Enterprises, responded with a
phone call from Patricia Johnson, Office Assistant, on August 1, 2005. Ms. Johnson stated that
John Brown, Sr. terminated his employment with them as a Swing Manager on May 15, 2005
and that they had no forwarding address for him.

The name, address, and phone number of the last known employer contacted is:

      TDR Enterprises
      1201 Hays Street
      Suite 100
      Tallahassee, FL 32301-2683
      (850) 222-2359 (Patricia Johnson)

       11. On May 22, 2005, Affiant contacted the Tallahassee Unemployment Center
requesting information on John Brown. Ms. T. Brennan responded on May 30, 2005 and
indicated that she was unable to locate any information on John Brown.

The address and phone number for the Tallahassee Unemployment Center is as follows:

  Tallahassee Unemployment Center
  Woodcrest Office Center
  325 John Know Road, Bldg. K., Suite 201
  PO Box 4146
  Tallahassee, FL 32315
  (550) 921-7405 (Ms. T. Brennan)

       12. On August 16, 2005, Affiant again contacted the State Parent Locator Service in
Jacksonville requesting updated information on John Brown Sr. On August 22, 2005, Affiant
received a report from the Locator Service indicating that Mr. Smith had been employed with
TDR Enterprises, DBA Carnival Burgers, from the first quarter of 1999 through the second
quarter of 2005. The report also indicated that John Brown has renewed his Drivers License
with the address shown below.

      John Brown, Sr.
      1619 Lake Avenue, Apartment B-13
      Tallahassee, FL 32310-0000

       13. On November 1, 2005, Affiant telephoned Patricia Johnson, Office Assistant for TDR
Enterprises, in an endeavor to determine if any of Mr. Brown’s former co-workers had any
knowledge of his whereabouts. Ms. Johnson informed Affiant that she spoke with Gerald
Anderson, one of Mr. Brown’s friends, and a former co-worker, from the Carnival Burgers
restaurant on Thomasville Road in Tallahassee. Mr. Anderson stated that he had previously



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heard from John Brown that he was thinking about heading to Atlanta to seek other
employment. Ms. Johnson also indicated to Affiant that she would continue to check with Mr.
Brown’s former co-workers to see if they had any knowledge of his whereabouts and that she
would contact Affiant should any new information be obtained. As of this date, Affiant has not
received any additional information from Ms. Johnson.

       14. On November 1, 2005, Affiant searched the Internet and was unable to find a
telephone listing or address for John Brown Sr. in Georgia.

      15. Affiant has made inquiries of all offices of program areas, including, but not limited to
mental health, of the Department of Children and Families likely to have information about John
Brown. No information was obtained.

      16. Affiant has made inquires of other state and federal agencies likely to have
information about John Brown.

The names, addresses, and/or telephone numbers of those agencies are shown below. No one
in these agencies was able to provide information as to the current whereabouts of John Brown
Sr.

       Florida Department of Revenue
       Child Support Enforcement Program
       ATTN: State Parent Locator Service
       921 N. Davis Street, Bldg., A, Suite 370
       Jacksonville, FL 32209-6832

       Division of Driver Licenses
       The Neil Kirkman Building
       Tallahassee, FL 32399

       Tallahassee Unemployment Center
       Woodcrest Center
       325 John Know Road, Building K, Suite 201
       P.O. Box 4146
       Tallahassee, FL 32315 (Ms. T. Brennan)




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      Social Security Administration
      227 N. Bronough Street
      Tallahassee, FL 32301

      17. Affiant has inquiries of appropriate utility and postal providers. The names,
addresses and/or telephone numbers of these providers are as follows:

      Sprint
      1313 Blairstone Road
      Tallahassee, FL 32301
      (850) 878-5716

      Sprint
      319 S.E. Broadway Street
      Ocala, FL 34471
      (352) 368-8800

      Gulf Power Company
      101 N. Monroe Street
      Tallahassee, FL 32301
      (850) 224-6199

      Withlacoochee River Electric
      30461 Commerce Drive
      Bushnell, FL 33513
      (352) 793-7813

      Tallahassee City Electric Department
      300 S. Adams Street
      Tallahassee, FL 32302
      (850) 891-8511

      Tallahassee Water & Sewer Department
      100 Virginia Street
      Tallahassee, FL 32301
      (850) 891-6155

      TECO Energy
      101 N. Monroe Street
      Tallahassee, FL 32301
      (850) 681-6785

      U.S. Post Office
      Tallahassee, FL 32304




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      U.S. Post Office
      445 S. Highway 301
      Citrusville, FL 33585
      (800) 275-8777

      Withlocoochee River Electric
      30461 Commerce Drive
      Bushnell, FL 33513
      (352) 793-7813

      Tallahassee City Electric Department
      300 S. Adams Street
      Tallahassee, FL 32302
      (850) 891-8511

      Tallahassee Water & Sewer Department
      100 Virginia Street
      Tallahassee, FL 32301
      (850) 891-6155

      TECO Energy
      101 N. Monroe Street
      Tallahassee, FL 32301
      (850) 681-6785

      U.S. Post Office
      Tallahassee, FL 32304

      U.S. Post Office
      445 S. Highway 301
      Citrusville, FL 33585
      (800) 275-8777

       18. Affiant has made inquiries of local medical service providers. The names, addresses
and/or telephone numbers of these Providers are as follows:

      Tallahassee Community Hospital
      2626 Capital Medical Blvd.
      Tallahassee, FL 32308
      (850) 656-5000

      Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Medical Center
      1300 Miccosukee Road
      Tallahassee, FL 32308
      (850) 681-1155




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       Leon County Health Department
       1515 Old Bainbridge Road
       P.O. Box 2745
       Tallahassee, FL 32316
       (850) 487-3162

       19. On May 5, 2005, Janice Masters, Affiant, contacted Sheila Brown, mother of John
Brown Sr., purported father of the child. The mother stated that she did not have a current
address or phone number for her son and had no idea of his whereabouts. The address for
Sheila Brown is as follows:

       Sheila Brown
       211 E. Seminole Avenue
       Bushnell, FL 33513

       20. Frank Bernate, Family Care Manager, has made inquiries of appropriate law
enforcement agencies. On November 15, 2005, he ordered a Federal Department of Law
Enforcement Check done on John Brown Sr., purported father, but the report obtained did not
indicate individual’s current whereabouts.

      21. On May 22, 2005, Affiant searched the Florida Department of Corrections
Information network website with no information found regarding John Brown Sr.

        22. On May 22, 2005, Affiant submitted an application for a search of the Florida
Putative Father Registry, P.O. Box 210, Jacksonville, FL 32231 to determine if a claim of
paternity had ever been filed for the child, John Brown, Jr. On May 29, 2005, Affiant received a
Certificate of Diligent Search of the Florida Putative Father Registry that indicated that a claim of
paternity had not been filed. A copy of the Certificate of Diligent Search of the Putative Father
Registry is attached to this Affidavit.

       23. The purported father, John Brown, Sr., is over 18 years of age.

       24. Affiant is unable to determine the residence or whereabouts of John Brown, Sr. and
thus cannot personally serve process upon him.

                                                                ___________________________
                                                                Janice Masters, Affiant

        Before me, the undersigned authority, personally appeared Janice Masters, the
petitioner in this action, who is personally known to me/produced _______________________
as identification, and who affirms that the allegations are filed in good faith and are true and
correct to the best of the petitioner’s knowledge.
        SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED before me on ______________________.

                                                         __________________________
                                                         Notary Public



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                          SAMPLE AFFIDAVIT - FOREIGN CITIZEN


                IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
                       IN AND FOR HERNANDO COUNTY, FLORIDA

                           JUVENILE CASE NO.: 2004-139-DPA

IN THE INTEREST OF:

Ramon Hernandez
DOB: 07/25/2003
_______________________________/
A Minor Child
                        AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT SEARCH
                         OF JUAN CARLOS HERNANDEZ

STATE OF FLORIDA
COUNTY OF HERNANDO

   BEFORE ME, the undersigned authority, personally appeared Janice Masters, Affiant, who,
being first duly sworn, deposes and says that she made a diligent search and inquiry to
determine the residence of Juan Carlos Hernandez, whose date of birth is August 13, 1966, the
father of the child, Ramon Hernandez, and whose last known address was 5709 12th Street,
Bradenton, FL 34203, and the results are as follows:

1. Affiant has received the name of the Juan Carlos Hernandez from Robert Brown,
Caseworker for the Department of Children and Families, for Hernando County, Florida.

2. Affiant has had no face-to-face contact with the father, Juan Carlos Hernandez.

3. Affiant was informed by Robert Brown, Caseworker, and by Laura Meyer, DCF/Child Welfare
Legal Services Attorney, that it was known that Mr. Juan Carlos Hernandez had been turned
over to INS authorities, had been deported out of Hidalgo, Texas on March 11, 2004, and that
no further location information was available.

4. Affiant was informed by Robert Brown, Caseworker, that a recent inquiry has been made of
the mother of the child, Catarino Martinez, and that she did not know the current whereabouts or
had knowledge of a forwarding address in Mexico for Juan Carlos Hernandez.

5. Affiant was informed by Laura Meyer, Senior Attorney for DCF/CWLS, that she had spoken
on numerous occasions with Margaret Watson, INS Agent in Tampa, FL and that no further



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information was known other than the fact that he was deported out of the United States on
March 11, 2004.

      The name and phone number for the INS agent is:

             Margaret Watson
             INS Agent, Tampa, FL
             (813) 348-1881

6. Affiant learned the name of the former employer of Juan Carlos Hernandez from
Laura Meyer, DCF Hernando County Attorney. The name and address of the
former employer is:

             Danny Mitchell
             F & K Lawn Maintenance
             112 Dunar Avenue
             Oldsmar, FL 34677
             Cell Phone: (813) 918-4804

Affiant attempted to contact Mr. Mitchell on his cell phone numerous times and was
informed that the Nextel number was not in service and no further information was
available. Affiant attempted to find an address and land phone for both Daniel Mitchell
and F & K Lawn Maintenance in Oldsmar, FL, and the surrounding area, and was unable
to obtain any information.

7. On July 12, 2005, and again on January 7, 2006, Affiant attempted to conduct an Accurint
 Report on Mr. Juan Carlos Hernandez. Accurint is the largest public-records on-line database
in the country and includes billions of location records on individuals. Accurint is a division of
Seisint, Inc., the global information that uses its technology and resources to locate missing
children for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, DC. Affiant
was unable to find any information on an individual by the name of Juan Carlos Hernandez who
was born on August 13, 1966 in the mammoth database, or anyone with a similar name that had
resided in Bradenton, FL over the last several years. Affiant further searched Accurint’s
database and ran a report on the mother of the above child, Catarino Martinez, a Suez Indian, in
the hope that a link might be found to Juan Carlos Hernandez. A lengthy report was run on Ms.
Martinez that listed the names and addresses of hundreds of associates and family members,
none of which included anyone by the name of Juan Carlos Hernandez.

8. On July 12, 2005, and again on January 6, 2006, Affiant searched various Internet
telephone directories and was unable to locate a listing for Mr. Juan Carlos Hernandez. The
Internet directories searched were:




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                  www.bigbook.com
                  www.whitepages.com
                  www.melissadata.com
                  www.intelius.com
                  www.555-1212.com
                  www.bigfoot.com
                  www.areaconnect.com
                  www.411.com

9. On November 23, 2005, Affiant made inquires of other state and federal agencies
that were likely to have information about Juan Carlos Hernandez. The names, addresses,
and/or telephone numbers of those agencies are:

                 Division of Drivers Licenses
                 The Neil Kirkman Building
                 Tallahassee, FL 32399

                 Florida Department of Probation and Parole
                 410 Cortez Road West
                 Bradenton, FL 34207

10. On July 12, 2005, Affiant contacted Embajada De Mexico (Mexican Embassy) in an
attempt to obtain information on Mr. Juan Carlos Hernandez. The address for the Mexican
Embassy is:

                 Embajada De Mexico
                 Estados Unidos De America
                 1911 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.E.
                 Washington, DC 20006

11. On August 6, 2005, a letter was received from Eduardo Ibarrola, Deputy Chief of
Mission, at Embajada De Mexico in Washington, DC. indicating that Affiant’s communication
had been forwarded to the Mexican Consulate in Orlando, FL and that they felt Affiant would
receive cooperation from them in locating the missing parent and recommended that Affiant
contact them.

12. On August 30, 2005, Affiant sent a letter to the Mexican Consulate in Orlando.

             The address and telephone number for the Mexican Consulate is;
             100 West Washington Street
             Orlando, FL 32801-2315
             Telephone: (407) 422-0514




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  13. On September 14, 2005, Affiant received a letter from Jose Elbaro, Consul in
  Charge, Consulato de Mexico in Orlando indicating that they had no information concerning
  Mr. Juan Carlos Hernandez, whose date of birth is August 13, 1966. Senor´ Elbaro further
  requested Affiant provide additional information to assist them in their search. Senor´ Elbaro
  did indicate in his letter that information in the Consulate was strictly confidential and would
  only be provided to Affiant if the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs authorized them to do so,
  despite what Florida Statute 39.503 (6) stated. A copy of this letter is attached to this
  Affidavit as Attachment "A".

  14. On September 17, 2005, Affiant sent a letter to Senoŕ Jose Elbaro, Consul in Charge,
  Consulato de Mexico in Orlando and provided the following:

      First, Middle, Last Name:                 Juan Carlos Hernandez
      Date of Birth:                            13 August 1966
      Father’s Name:                            Ricardo Hernandez
      Mother’s Name:                            Socorro Veramille
      Mother’s Location:                        Canas, Vazatecas, Mexico
      Deportation:                              Juan Carlos Hernandez was deported out of
                                                Hidalgo, Texas on 11 March 2004 and likely
                                                Headed to the nearest Mexican town.
      FBI Number:                               899071DC1
      Name of INS Agent:                        Laura Watson, Tampa, FL (813) 348-1881
      Social Security Number:                   123-45-6789 (possible purchased identity)
      Last Known Addresses:                     5609 12th Street East, Bradenton, FL 34203
                                                1715 14th Street West, Room 124, Bradenton, FL
                                                3503 14th West, Lot No. 13, Bradenton, FL 34203
      Name of his Child:                        Ramon Hernandez
      Name of the Mother:                       Catarino Martinez (Suez Indian)

15. Affiant did not receive a response to the letter sent on September 17, 2005 to the
Consulato de Mexico in Orlando and did not receive a response to numerous phone calls placed
by Affiant.

16. Again on November 21, 2005, Affiant sent a letter to the Consulato de Mexico in Orlando
to the attention of Senor´ Jose Elbaro and to date has not receive a response.

17. Affiant has made inquires of appropriate utility and postal providers.

           U.S. Post Office
           2005 57th Avenue West
           Bradenton, FL 34207

           U.S. Post Office
           824 Manatee Avenue West


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           Bradenton, FL 34205

      Affiant was not able to obtain a forwarding address or any information on Mr. Juan Carlos
Hernandez from the above postal stations.

18. Affiant further attempt to obtain location information or a forwarding address in Mexico
on Juan Carlos Hernandez by preparing a mail-merge letter that went out to the following: utility
providers:
              Records Custodian
              Amerigas
              1120 10th Street East
              Palmetto, FL 34221

             Records Custodian
             Peace River Electric Cooperative
             4304 69th Street East
             Palmetto, Fl 34221

             Records Custodian
             Florida Public Telephone Company
             1345 Main Street
             Sarasota, FL 34236

             Records Custodian
             MCI Telecommunications
             3333 North Tamiami Trail
             Sarasota, FL 34240

             Records Custodian
             Alltel
             4028 Cattlemen Road
             Sarasota, FL 34236

Responses were received from all of the utility providers and none had knowledge of Juan
Carlos Hernandez.

19. Affiant made inquiry of the local hospital in the last known county of Juan Carlos
Hernandez. The name of the hospital is as follows:

             Sarasota Memorial Hospital
             1700 S. Tamiami Trail
             Sarasota, FL 34329

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Responded to Affiant's inquiry and indicated they did not have
knowledge of Juan Carlos Hernandez.




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20. Affiant has made inquires of appropriate law enforcement agencies. The names,
addresses, and/or telephone numbers of those agencies are:

           Bradenton Police Department
           100 10th Street West
           Bradenton, FL 34205

           Manatee County Sheriff
           515 11th Street West
           Bradenton, FL 34205

       Affiant received a Rap Sheet from the Manatee County Sheriff on December 1, 2005 that
indicated that they arrested Mr. Juan Carlos Hernandez on March 1, 2004 and held him for
immigration officials. The Rap Sheet is attached to this Affidavit as Attachment "B".

21. On March 1, 2005, Affiant submitted an application for a search of the Florida Putative
Father Registry, P.O. Box 210, Jacksonville, FL 32231 to determine if a claim of paternity had
ever been filed for the child, Ramon Hernandez. On May 9, 2005, Affiant received a Certificate
of Diligent Search of the Florida Putative Father Registry that indicated that a claim of paternity
had not been filed. A copy of the Certificate of Diligent Search of the Putative Father Registry
is attached to this Affidavit as Attachment “C”.

22. Juan Carlos Hernandez is over the age of 18.

23. Affiant is unable to determine the residence or whereabouts of Juan Carlos Hernandez and
thus cannot personally serve process upon him.

                                                         __________________________
                                                         Janice Masters, Affiant

                BEFORE ME, the undersigned authority, personally appeared Janice Masters, the
petitioner in this action, who is personally known to me/produced ____________________ as
identification, and who affirms that the allegations are filed in good faith and are true and correct
to the best of the petitioner's knowledge.

       SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED before me on the___day of _________,2005.

                                                  ___________________________

                                                  NOTARY PUBLIC

                                                  Name:______________________

                                                  Commission No.:_____________


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                                      AFFIDAVIT TEMPLATE


                                                  IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
                                                  FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND
                                                  FOR _____________ COUNTY, FLORIDA


IN THE INTEREST OF:                               JUVENILE DIVISION

                                                  CASE NO._______

________________________________/
Minor Child



                         AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT SEARCH

STATE OF FLORIDA
COUNTY OF

BEFORE ME, the undersigned authority, personally appeared      , affiant, who, being first duly
sworn, deposes and says that     made a diligent search and inquiry to determine the residence
of   , the   of    and the results are as follows:

       1.      Affiant has received the name of        from   (Name of FS Counselor).

       2.      Affiant has had no face-to-face contact with    .

       3.    On        affiant telephoned directory assistance for    (place) and was informed
that there was no listing for      .

       4.      On      affiant searched the telephone directory for    (place) and was unable to
locate a listing for   .

       5.    On     affiant sent a certified letter, return receipt requested, to (address), a
last known address of    . On      affiant received the unclaimed receipt by return mail.



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       6.       On      affiant visited    , the last known address of     , and was informed by
that    no longer resides there.

                 Affiant is unable to visit the last known address of     because        .

       7.    Affiant has made inquiries of all relatives of the    of the child, including the other
parent, made known to me by      (FS Counselor) and           (whoever else provided information
regarding the relatives).

The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of those relatives contacted are listed on
Attachment A.

None of the relatives contacted knew the current residence or whereabouts of         .

      8.     Affiant has made inquires of all offices of program areas, including, but not limited
to mental health, of the Department of Children and Families likely to have information about
.

The names, addresses, and/or telephone numbers of those offices are as follows:

No one in any of those offices knows the current residence or address of        .

       9.     On    , Affiant conducted an Accurint Search Report that searches public records
across the nation. The “National Comprehensive Report” that was conducted searched the
following databases:

       ABI Business Directory, Active U.S. Military Personnel, Aircraft, Bankruptcies, Liens and
       Judgements, Corporate Records, DEA Controlled Substance Licenses, Deed Transfers,
       Federal Firearms and Explosives Licenses, Florida Accidents, Florida Banking and
       Finance Licenses, Florida Beverage Licenses, Florida Boating Citations, Florida
       Concealed Weapons Permits, Florida Day Care Licenses, Florida Department of
       Education, Florida Felony/Probation/Parole, Florida Fictitious Names, Florida Handicap
       Parking Permits, Florida Hotels and Restaurants, Florida Insurance Agents, Florida
       Money Transmitter Licenses, Florida Salt Water Product Licenses, Florida Securities
       Dealers, Florida Sexual Predator, Florida Tangible Property, Florida Unclaimed Property,
       Florida Worker’s Compensation Claims, UCC Filings, and state-specific databases.

The Accurint Report provided only historical information on       and did not provide the current
residence or whereabouts of   .

      10.    Affiant has made inquiries of various internet search sites to determine location
information as listed in Attachment A. The internet inquiries did not provide the current
residence or whereabouts of      .




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      11.    Affiant has made inquires of other state and federal agencies likely to have
information about     .

The names, addresses, and/or telephone numbers of those agencies are listed in Attachment A.
No one in any of these agencies knows the current residence or whereabouts of    .

      12.   Affiant has made inquires of appropriate utility and postal providers. The names,
addresses, and/or telephone numbers of those providers are listed in Attachment A.

None of those providers knows the current residence or whereabouts of          .

     13.       Affiant has made inquires of appropriate law enforcement agencies. The
names, addresses, and/or telephone numbers of those agencies are listed in Attachment A.
_____________________is not known to any of these agencies.

                Affiant received possible location information from        (law enforcement
agency) regarding     , yet Affiant could still not determine the current residence or whereabouts
of   .

       14.   Affiant has made inquires of the federal armed services, including the United
States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and National Guard through the Accurint program
described above.      is not currently a member of these services.

       15.    Affiant has made inquires of all the hospitals in the area. The names,
addresses, and/or telephone numbers of those hospitals are listed in Attachment A.  is not
currently a patient at, nor has   recently been admitted to these hospitals.

       16.     On       Affiant submitted an application for a search of the Florida Putative Father
Registry, P.O. Box 210, Jacksonville, FL 32231 to determine if a claim of paternity had ever
been filed for the child(ren). On       Affiant received a Certificate of Diligent Search of the
Florida Putative Father Registry that indicated that a claim of paternity had not been filed. A
copy of the Certificate of Diligent Search of the Putative Father Registry is attached to this
Affidavit.

       17.        is over 18 years of age.

      18.    Affiant is unable to determine the residence or whereabouts of         and thus cannot
personally serve process upon      .

                                                           ____________________________
                                                                Affiant




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        Before me, the undersigned authority, personally appeared
___________________________ the petitioner in this action, who is personally known to
me/produced _______________________ as identification, and who affirms that the allegations
are filed in good faith and are true and correct to the best of the petitioner’s knowledge.

      SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED before me on _____________________________.


                                             _____________________________________
                                              NOTARY PUBLIC

                                             Name: _______________________________

                                             Commission No.: _______________________




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             IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
                     IN AND FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA
                                                     CASE NUMBER:
                                                     JUVENILE DIVISION
IN THE INTEREST OF:



CHILD(REN).
---------------------------------------------------------------/

     AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT SEARCH FOR, FIRST MIDDLE LAST NAME,
           NATURAL FATHER OF ABOVE-NAMED CHILD(REN)

STATE OF FLORIDA
COUNTY OF MARION

BEFORE ME, the undersigned, Department of Children and Families Child Protective Investigator/or
Family Case Manger, AFFIANT’S NAME, personally appeared and having been duly sworn, hereby
states under oath that he has made a diligent search and inquiry to determine the residence of FIRST
MIDDLE LAST NAME, FATHER, of the above-named child(ren) and the results are as follows:

I.      FAMILY AND COLLATERAL KNOWLEDGE

     A. FIRST MIDDLE LAST NAME, Missing Parent’s Information:
        1. The missing parent is said to be related to the above-named child(ren) as the:
              Mother             Biological Father              Legal Father

        2. Affiant has received the name of the missing parent from SOURCE’S NAME, RELATION
           TO CHILD(REN).

        3. The missing parent may also use an alias/ maiden name of ____________________.

        4.   The missing parent’s     date of birth is ______________       OR

                                      approximate age is _____ years old.

        5. The missing parent’s social security number is _ _ _ _- _ _ - xxxx.

        6.    The missing parent’s driver’s license is from the State of __________________, license
             number ________________________.

        7.   The missing parent’s last known telephone number is ______________________.



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8. The missing parent      has been        has never been married to the other parent of the
   Child(ren).

9. The mother of the children has the following history of marriages:
   The Mother has the following history of marriage(s)            UNKNOWN
 Spouse’s Name                     Period of           State/ County State/ County
                                   Marriage            of Marriage    of Divorce
                                   (beginning date
                                   – end date)




10. Vital Statistics Information:
    a. The birth certificate(s) for the above-named child(ren):
           has/ have been obtained on or about _________________________________

            has / have been requested on or about _______________________________

 Child’s Name                         Father listed on Birth Certificate




      (For TPR, If a father is not listed on the child(ren)’s birth certificate)
   b. The certificate of a search of the putative father registry:
         has/ have been obtained on or about _________________________________

           has/ have been requested on or about_________________________________

11. Affiant received information of a last known employment of missing parent as: NAME &
   ADDRESS OF EMPLOYER, from SOURCE’S NAME.

12. Affiant has had no face-to-face contact with the missing parent.




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   B. The Affiant has searched the Department of Children and Families records for information
      regarding the missing parent’s whereabouts including but not limited to:
      Prior FAHIS/ Abuse Reports
      Child Safety Assessments
      FDLE’s
      FSFN
      Accurint

    C. Information from MATERNAL RELATIVES: (Insert/ delete more rows, if needed)
Type of Relative         Name          Address           Information Received as to
to Child(ren)                                            Missing Parent’s
                                                         Whereabouts
Grandmother
Grandfather
Aunt
Uncle
Cousin
Great-aunt
Half-sibling


    D. Information from PATERNAL RELATIVES: (Insert/ delete more rows, if needed)
Type of Relative         Name           Address          Information Received as to
to Child(ren)                                            Missing Parent’s
                                                         Whereabouts
Grandmother
Grandfather
Aunt
Uncle
Cousin
Great-aunt
Half-sibling

There are no other maternal/ paternal relatives that have any information on the whereabouts of the
missing parent.




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      E. Information from Collateral Contacts Regarding Missing Parent’s Location:

         1. Affiant spoke with the missing parent’s defense counsel, ATTORNEY’S NAME, who stated .
            ..

         2. Affiant spoke with neighbor, NEIGHBOR’S NAME, who stated . . .

         3. Affiant spoke with the missing parent’s probation officer, PROBATION OFFICER’S
            NAME, who stated …

         4.   Affiant spoke with the children’s Guardian Ad Litem, GUARDIAN AD LITEM’S
              NAME, who stated …

The Affiant has followed up on all location information that was provided above. The present
residential address of FIRST MIDDLE LAST NAME remains unknown at this time.

II.      SEARCH IN MARION COUNTY AREA OF LAST KNOWN RESIDENCE

Based on the information obtained in Section I above, the following facilities and agencies have been
contacted in an effort to locate FIRST MIDDLE LAST NAME, including:

A. FEDERAL AGENCIES/ ARMED SERVICES:

              AFPC/MSIMDL, 500 C Street W., Suite 50, Randolph AFB, Texas 78150-4752

              National Personnel Records, 9700 Page Blvd. St. Louis, Mo 63132-5100; 314-801-0800; Fax:
              314 801-9195; MPR.center@nara.gov

              Navy Personnel Records, PERS 312, 5720 Integrity Dr, Millington TN 38055-3120; (901)
              874-3351; Fax: (901) 874-2851

              U.S. Department of Transportation, 2100 Second Street South West, Washington, DC 20593

              Marine Corps, Personnel Mgmt Support Branch MMSB-12, 2008 Elliot Road Suite 222,
              Quantico, VA 22134-5030

              U.S. Army Human Resources, Attn: AHRC-CC-B, 1 Reserve Way, St. Louis, MO 63132-
              5200

              www.militaryconnections.com




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B. DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE, REVERSE LOOKUPS AND OTHER PEOPLE FINDERS:

       Whitepages        http://www.whitepages.com

       People Search US Search. http://www.ussearch.com

       Zaba Search          http://www.zabasearch.com

       Verizon Search       http://www.bigbook.com

       Intelius Search      www.intelius.com

       Melissa Data Search www.melissadata.com


C. FLORIDA STATE AGENCIES:

       Florida Department of Corrections- Offender Search
       http://www.dc.state.fl.us/AppCommon/

       Florida Department of Corrections, 2601 Blairstone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.

       AFDC Department of Children and Families, Attn: Economics Dept, 1601 W. Gulf Atlantic
       Highway, Wildwood, FL 34785

       Bureau of Vital Statistics, Florida Putative Father Registry, P.O. Box 210, Jacksonville, FL
       32231
       (904) 359-6900, extension 1081

       Child Support Enforcement, Attn: State and Federal Parent Locator Services, 921 N. Davis
       Street, Bldg A, Suite 370, Jacksonville, Florida 32314

       Division of Motor Vehicles, Attn: Julie Comer, Asst. Chief, Neil Kirkman Blvd., Tallahassee,
       Florida 32399

       Driver Licenses, 500 Kirkman Bldg., Rm. B-235, Tallahassee, Florida 32399

       Social Security Administration, Attn: Records Custodian, 217 SE 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL
       34470

D. MARION COUNTY POST OFFICES:

       U.S. Postmaster, Attn: Records Custodian, 400 SW 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34478-9998

       U.S. Postmaster, Attn: Records Custodian, 3050 NE 55th Avenue, Silver Springs,
       FL 34488-1719

       U.S. Postmaster, Attn: Records Custodian, 6530 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala, FL
       34472-2808

       U.S. Postmaster, Attn: Records Custodian, 9081 NE Jacksonville Road, Anthony, FL
       32617-3519


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E. FLORIDA PUBLIC UTILITY AND SERVICE COMPANIES:

       Sumter Electric Cooperative, Attn: Records Custodian, 4872 SW 60th Avenue, Ocala, FL
       34470

       Progress Energy, Attn: Legal Department, P.O. Box 14042, St Petersburg, FL 33733

       Embarq/Sprint Kansas Telephone, Attn: MS: KSOPHM0206 Subpoena Compliance, 6480
       Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS 66251

       Bellsouth Subpoena Compliance, 1960 W. Exchange Place S-165, Tucker, Georgia, 30084.

       Bright House Cable Company, Attn: Records Custodian, 10357 US 441, Belleview, FL
       34420

       Ocala Electric Utilities, Attn: Records Custodian, 201 South East 3rd Street, Ocala, FL 34471

       Marion County Utilities, Attn: Records Custodian, 1219 South Pine Avenue, Ocala, FL
       34474

       Waste Management, Attn: Records Custodian, 3501 NE 10th Street, Ocala, FL 34470


F. MARION COUNTY AGENCIES:

       Marion County Property Appraiser, Attn: Records Custodian, 501 SE 25th Avenue, Ocala, FL
       34471

       Marion County Tax Collector, Attn: Records Custodian, PO Box 1270, Ocala, FL 34478-
       1270

       Ocala Housing Authority, Attn: Records Custodian, 1629 NW 4th Street, Ocala, FL 34475
       Florida State Vocational Rehabilitation, Attn: Records Custodian, 1601 NE 25th Avenue,
       Room No. 203, Ocala, FL 34470
       Marion County Public Schools, Attn: Records Custodian, 512 SE 3rd Street, Ocala, FL 34471

       Marion County Voter Registration, Attn: Records Custodian, PO Box 289, Ocala, FL 34478

G. MARION COUNTY AREA HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL FACILITIES:

       Ocala Regional Medical Center, Attn: Records Custodian, P.O. Box 2200, 1431 SW 1st
       Avenue, Ocala, FL 34478
       (352) 401-1000

       Munroe Regional Hospital, Attn: Records Custodian, 330 N. Magnolia Avenue, Ocala, FL
       34475




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      The Villages Regional Medical Center, Attn: Records Custodian, 1400 US Highway 441
       North, The Villages, FL 32159
      (352) 753-6900

      West Marion Community Hospital, Attn: Records Custodian, 4600 SW 60th Court, Ocala, FL
      34474

      Citrus Memorial Hospital, Attn: Records Custodian, 502 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness, FL
      34452
      (352) 726-1515

      Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Attn: Records Custodian, 600 E. Dixie Avenue, Leesburg,
      FL 34748
      (352) 323-5762
      Florida Waterman Medical Center, Attn: Records Custodian, 1000 Waterman Way, Tavares,
      FL 32778
      (352) 253-3333

      Chartone, Inc., Shands at the University of Florida, Attn: Health Information Management
      Department, PO Box 100345, Gainesville, FL 32610


H. MARION COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES:

      Ocala Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Records Custodian, PO Box 1987, Ocala, FL 34478

      Ocala Police Department, Attn: Records Custodian, PO Box 1270, Ocala, FL 34478

      Ocala Probation and Parole, Attn: Records Custodian, 24 NE 1st Street, Ocala, FL 34470

      Salvation Army Probation, Attn: Records Custodian, 131 SW 15th Street, Ocala, FL 34474

      Wildwood Police Department, Attn: Records Custodian, 100 Huey Street, Wildwood, FL
      34795
      (352) 330-1355
      Sumter County Detention Center, Attn: Records Custodian, 219 E. Anderson Avenue,
      Bushnell, FL 33513
      (352) 793-0225

      Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Records Custodian, 225 E. McCollum Avenue,
      Bushnell, FL 33513

      Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Records Custodian, 1 Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue,
      Inverness, FL 34450

      Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Records Custodian, 360 W. Ruby Street, Tavares, FL
      32778

      Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Records Custodian, 18900 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville,
      FL 34601



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I. INMATE LOCATORS:

       Florida County Jails: http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us (State Library and Archives of Florida. Select
       “County Jails” in search box.

       Marion County Sheriff: www.marionso.com

       Bureau of Prisons Locator: http://www.bop.gov

       Florida Prisons: www.dc.state.fl.us

       National Inmate Locator: http://www.inmatesplus.com

       Federal Bureau of Prisons (Inmate Locator)      http://www.bop.gov

       Florida Department of Law Enforcement www.fdle.state.fl.us

       VINELINK Information Search         http://www.vinelink.com/index.jsp

J. AREA COUNTY COURT RECORDS:

       Marion County Clerk of Court, Attn: Records Custodian, PO Box 1030, Ocala, FL 34478

       http://www.marioncountyclerk.org/

       Sumter County Clerk of Court, 209 N. Florida Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513
       (352) 793-0211
        http://www.clerk.sumter.fl.us

       Lake County Clerk of Court, Attn: Records Custodian, PO Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778
       http://www.clerk.lake.fl.us

       Citrus County Clerk of Court, Attn; Records Custodian, 110 N. Apopka Avenue, Inverness, FL
       34450
       http://www.clerk.citrus.fl.us
       http://www.flclerks.com/Clerk_webs.html (Links to all Clerk Websites in Florida)
       www.flclerks.com (Links to all Clerk Websites in Florida)

       http://www.flcourts.org (Links to all Clerk Websites in Florida)

       http://www.statelocalgov.net (Access to all government websites in a given state)

K. GENEALOGY:

       www.rootsweb.com

       http://.ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com (Social Security Death Index)




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III. OTHER COUNTIES/ STATES SEARCHED (IF APPLICABLE):

      (INCLUDE SEARCH OF SIMILIAR AGENCIES/ COUNTRY CONSULATES, ETC. AS
      SEARCHED IN MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA)
      REASON OTHER AREA SEARCHED:
      a. State Agencies
      b. County Agencies/ Law Enforcement/ Jails/ Property Appraisers/ Elections
      c. Public Utilities
      d. County Hospitals

IV.     RESULTS OF DILIGENT SEARCH

        Residential History ( Listed in Chronological        Residential        Source of Address
        Order From the Most Current to the Oldest)           Time Period        Information
Last Known Address:




THE AFFIANT HAS ATTACHED COPIES OF THE RETURNED DILIGENT SEARCH
LETTERS AND THE AFFIANT HAS FOLLOWED UP ON ALL LOCATION INFORMATION
THAT WAS PROVIDED ABOVE.

The Affiant:
                has sent certified letter(s), return receipt requested to the last known address as
               determined by the above-information and the Affiant received the unclaimed receipt by
               return mail.
                has not sent any certified letter(s), return receipt because __________________.

      None of these agencies have any information leading to the whereabouts of FIRST MIDDLE
LAST NAME. Affiant is unable to determine the residence or whereabouts of the missing parent
and thus cannot personally serve process upon him/her.




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WHEREFORE, I hereby swear or affirm that I have made diligent efforts and inquiry to locate the
above-named missing parent.


                                                  ____________________________________
                                                  AFFIANT



STATE OF FLORIDA
COUNTY OF MARION

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this _____ day of ______________, 20___,
by AFFIANT’S NAME, who is personally known to me or produced _____________ as
identification and who did take an oath.

NOTARY PUBLIC:

____________________________________                     State of Florida at Large (Seal)
Sign                                                     My Commission Expires: _______

____________________________________
Print




The foregoing Affidavit of Diligent Search has been reviewed for compliance with Florida Statue
39.503.

                                              _______________________________________
                                                                        FBN:
                                              Attorney for the Dept. of Children and Families
                                              Child Welfare Legal Services
                                              21 N. Magnolia Avenue, 1st Floor
                                              Ocala, FL 34475
                                              Tel. (352) 620-3550




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                                CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

       I HEREBY CERTIFY, that a true and correct copy of the forgoing was sent by hand-delivery/
    U.S. Mail/ Facsimile on this ________ day of __________________, 20___, for delivery to the
                                             following:

Guardian Ad Litem Program, 18 NE 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34470
KCI Family Care Manager, 3001 W. Silver Spring Blvd., Ocala, Fl 34465
KCI Revenue Maximization Unit, 1601 W. Gulf Atlantic Highway, Wildwood, FL 34785



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                                                                      FBN:
                                            Attorney for the Dept. of Children and Families
                                            Child Welfare Legal Services
                                            21 N. Magnolia Avenue, 1st Floor
                                            Ocala, FL 34475
                                            Tel. (352) 620-3550




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                    Affidavit of Diligent Search Checklist
                    for Compliance with FS 39.503
The diligent search required by FS 39.503 must include, at a minimum, inquiries of all relatives of
the parent or prospective parent made known to the petitioner, inquiries of all offices of program
areas of the department likely to have information about the parent or prospective parent,
inquiries of other state and federal agencies likely to have information about the parent or
prospective parent, inquiries of appropriate utility and postal providers, and inquiries of
appropriate law enforcement agencies. Pursuant to s. 453 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. s.
653(c)(4), the department, as the state agency administering Titles IV-B and IV-E of the act, shall
be provided access to the federal and state parent locator service for diligent search activities.

_____1.          Per FS 39.503 (6), have all relatives and associates been contacted by phone or by
mail? There are many relatives and associates known to the Department. Additionally, Accurint reports
provide first, second, and third degree relatives’ names, addresses and phone numbers. Furthermore,
associates who have ever shared an address with the missing parent, are provided by Accurint Reports.
If phone numbers are not provided with Accurint, they are often located at www.whitepages.com.
Affidavit must contain a detailed summary of the results of all contacts made.

     Information from MATERNAL RELATIVES: (Insert/ delete more rows, if needed)
Type of Relative        Name              Address/Phone        Information Received as to
to Child(ren)                                                  Missing Parent’s Whereabouts
Grandmother
Grandfather
Aunt
Uncle
Brother
Brother
Sister
Sister
Cousin
Friend/Associate
Friend/Associate
Friend/Associate
Friend/Associate




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Information from PATERNAL RELATIVES:                (Insert/ delete more rows, if needed)
Type of Relative        Name                      Address/Phone        Information Received as to
to Child(ren)                                                          Missing Parent’s
                                                                       Whereabouts
Grandmother
Grandfather
Aunt
Uncle
Brother
Brother
Sister
Sister
Cousin
Friend/Associate
Friend/Associate
Friend/Associate
Friend/Associate


_____2.       Has employer or previous employer(s) been contacted by phone or by mail
Addresses and phone numbers for previous employers are also readily available at www.bigbook.com
and other phone book look-ups.

_____3.     Have former neighbors been contacted? Accurint reports provide name, address, and
phone number information for all neighbors.

_____4.          Has Diligent Search Analyst contacted Bookings at the local jail(s)? If applicable, have
out-of-state jails been contacted?

_____5.        Has an FDLE report been run?

_____6.         Have on-line courthouse records been checked? If Diligent Search
Analyst does not have access to CCIS, www.flclerks.com should be checked. Additionally, out-of-state
court clerk sites should be checked, if
applicable (www.statelocalgov.net).

_____ 7.    Have all Sheriff’s Websites been checked (www.marionso.com,
www.hernandosheriff.org, www.sheriffcitrus.org, www.sumterclerk.com,
www.lakecountyclerk.org/online_court-records.asp.

_____8.       Have all inmate locators been researched (www.vinelink.com,
www.dc.state.fl.us, www.bop.gov, www.inmatesplus.com, www.fdle.state.fl.us)?

_____ 9.         Per FS 39.605 (6), has the person completing the Affidavit made
inquiries of all offices of program areas of the Department likely to have
information about the parent or prospective parent?

_____10.      Has the person completing the Affidavit researched the missing
parent in FSFN?


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_____11.        Has Accurint Report been run? If no current locate information was
provided at the time the initial report was run, was a second attempt made ? New data is continuously
fed into this database.

_____12.       Has the Diligent Search Analyst checked locate information on
Internet people finder sites (i.e., www.zabasearch.com, www.melissadata.com, www.intelius.com, etc.)?

_____13.       Has Diligent Search Analyst faxed a request to the Parent Locator
Service in Jacksonville? Repeated attempts are also required, as this database is updated
continuously.

_____14.       Have all responses been received from the mail merge letters that
must go out to all agencies and businesses as detailed below: FS 39.503(6) directs the Department to
contact the below-listed agencies. If there is information that indicates that the parent or prospective
parent may be located outside the state of Florida, then the Diligent Search Analyst must contact
agencies and utility providers in the other state. Information on out-of-state agencies is readily available
on the web.

(Drivers License Bureau, local hospitals, local walk-in clinics, local electric company, local water/sewer
company, local cable company, local law enforcement agencies, local health department, circuit court
criminal records, county tax collector, housing authority, Department of Voter Registration, local post
office, One-Stop Career Center).

Responses to mail-merge letters typically take two weeks to come in. Additionally, a reply form,
postage-paid, self-addressed envelope and a copy of the Statutory Authority Release of Information to
the Department must be attached to mail-merge letters to assure that responses are received
expeditiously. Sufficient time must be given for responses to be received.

_____15.       If applicable, have appropriate military branches been contacted?

_____16.       Per FS 63.054, has Certified Copy of a Diligent Search of the Florida
Putative Father Registry been received, filed with the Court, and incorporated into the Affidavit of Diligent
Search? A separate Certified Copy of a Diligent Search from the Registry must be filed as to each child.
Out of state Putative Father Registries must be searched as well.

_____17.       A Notice of Related Cases must be filed with the Court on all cases,
pursuant to Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.085(d). Has Diligent Search Analyst reviewed the Notice of Related
Cases, which often provides detailed information on previous and pending court cases?

_____18.      Has Diligent Search Analyst reviewed the UCCJEA to check prior
address information for the children which may provide locate tips.

_____ 19.      Has the Diligent Search Analyst carefully proofread the Affidavit prior to submitting to
CWLS?

_____20.       Per FS 39.502(9), is the Diligent Search Analyst aware that efforts to
locate the missing parent must continue until excused from further search efforts by the Court?

_____21.       Is Diligent Search Analyst fully aware that the Department’s operating



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procedure (HRSOP 175-22) requires that diligent searches must be current within the past six months?
If the six month period has expired, the diligent search must be re-done.

_____22.      Is Diligent Search Analyst fully aware that unless all of the above has
 been complied with that the Affidavit may not be legally sufficient and should not be filed with the Court?

_____23.        Is Diligent Search Analyst fully aware that any defects in the diligent
search or in the Affidavit may result in an order terminating parental rights to be set aside,
resulting in serious consequences for the child(ren) and the Department?

_____24.      If the child has a Guardian Ad Litem, have you checked with
the Guardian Ad Litem to determine if the Guardian has knowledge of missing parent’s whereabouts?



_____________________________                 ___________________
Signature of Diligent Search Analyst          Date




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                    Disclaimer
This manual has been prepared to assist staff members with
the process of locating missing parents. This is a service that
is continually under development and every effort is made to
keep materials current and to correct errors. If you find any
errors, please contact jane_mcgloine@dcf.state.fl.us.




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          Questions…..
                    Contact

Jane McGloine, Paralegal Specialist, District 13


          jane_mcgloine@dcf.state.fl.us




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