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Child Welfare

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Child Welfare Bill Draws Calls For ‘Moral Outrage’ & More Funding

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.

04/02/2014

Gabriel Myers

Five Years After Boy’s Suicide, Findings Could Resurface

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.

02/07/2014

A 12-year-old autistic girl died in Lauderhill in September 2013 in an apartment.  (Source: CBS4)

Report: Autistic Girl’s Cause Of Death “Undetermined”

CBS4 News has learned new details about the death of a 12-year-old autistic girl found dead in her Lauderhill home last fall.

02/03/2014

Dontrell Melvin. (Source: Pete Abut)

Medical Examiner: Toddler Dontrell Melvin Suffered Violent Death

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.

CBS4–03/29/2013

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Gov. Scott Wants $4.5M To Fight Human Trafficking, Aid Victims

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.

CBS4–02/14/2013

An undated photo of 5-year-old Rilya Wilson from a missing poster May 8, 2002 in Miami, FL. (Source: Miami-Dade Police Department)

Missing Child Case Brings Back Memories Of DCF & Rilya Wilson

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.

CBS4–01/11/2013

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Survey: Florida’s Child Welfare System In Top 5 Nationwide

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.

CBS4–06/29/2012

(Source: miamiurbanleague.org.)

Urban League Of Miami Works To Break The Cycle Of Child Abuse

A new program designed to prevent child abuse and neglect in Miami’s African-American communities will be launched Thursday.

CBS4–06/28/2012

(Source: AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

Casey Anthony Trial Leads Senate To Ponder Child Welfare

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.

CBS4–08/13/2011

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Governor’s Budget Slashes Child Welfare

Children’s advocates say kids in Florida won’t have a prayer if Governor Scott’s proposed massive cuts to DCF are approved.

CBS4–03/09/2011

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