Thanks to EC:
Thank you for contacting Governor Charlie Crist and sharing your concerns about Ms. Fathima (Rifqa) Bary. The Governor asked that I respond on his behalf.
Governor Crist is committed to protecting Ms. Bary's health, safety and welfare. Governor Crist directed the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families, George Sheldon, to petition the court for placement in shelter and custody under the Florida Department of Children and Family Services (Department). As a result, the court placed Ms. Bary in protective custody and she has been placed in a licensed foster care home under the supervision of the Department.
The Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services and the Governor's General Counsel will be at today's court hearing. Please be assured Governor Crist will make a decision that is in the best interests of and ensures the continued health, safety and welfare of Ms. Rifqa Bary.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact Governor Crist.
Office of Citizen Services
The next hearing for Rifqa is September 3. Below is contact information for Florida authorities:
Governor Charlie Crist:
Phone Calls to (850) 488-7146
Fax letters to (850) 487-0801
or Email him at Charlie.Crist@MyFlorida.com
The Florida Department of Children and Families
George H. Sheldon, Secretary
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Building 1, Room 202
Fax: (850) 922-2993