A Florida Senate panel on Wednesday approved a sweeping child-welfare reform bill amid calls from foster parents to help more children and pleas from providers to fund the changes properly.
The suicide of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers in foster care shocked the child-welfare system in 2009. It led to a series of recommendations about Florida’s use of psychotropic medications on foster kids and how to protect already-traumatized children from sexual abuse by other abused children.
CBS4 News has learned new details about the death of a 12-year-old autistic girl found dead in her Lauderhill home last fall.
The Broward County Medical Examiner’s office has determined that Dontrell Melvin, whose skeleton was found buried in the backyard of a Hallandale Beach home, died as a result of a homicide.
Efforts to fight human trafficking and help victims recover in a safe place would get a $4.5 million boost, if Gov. Rick Scott gets his wish.
The case of Dontrell Melvin, the Hallandale Beach child who went missing 18 months ago, has brought new attention and criticism to the Department of Children and Families(DCF), Florida’s child welfare agency.
Florida’s child welfare system is one of the top five in the nation according to a new survey. The 2012 Right For Kids Rankings report, which was released Friday, ranks Florida fourth in the nation when it came to providing key services.
A new program designed to prevent child abuse and neglect in Miami’s African-American communities will be launched Thursday.
In a direct response to concerns raised by the Casey Anthony trial about child protection, Senate President Mike Haridopolos announced the creation of a Select Committee on Protecting Florida’s Children.
Children’s advocates say kids in Florida won’t have a prayer if Governor Scott’s proposed massive cuts to DCF are approved.