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Florida Turns To Child Development Science To Improve Foster Care

Foster parents are one of the keys to reforming Florida’s troubled child-welfare system, experts say.

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

Four Indicted In Death Of Autistic Child

A Broward Grand Jury has indicted four people in connection to the death of a 12-year-old autistic girl found dead in her Lauderhill home.

08/26/2014

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DCF Adds Data To Child Death Transparency Website

State child welfare officials recently added five years of data to their new website aimed at improving transparency around child abuse deaths. The site was mandated by the Legislature.

08/17/2014

Gov. Rick Scott  (Source: CBS4)

Gov. Scott In Miami To Kick Off Caring For Kids Campaign

Governor Rick Scott will kick off his “Caring for Florida’s Families” tour in Miami. The tour will highlight new proposals and recent efforts to give the state’s children opportunities to succeed. In addition to the early learning and foster care elements, Scott also wants to expand a program that helps parents pay for education services for disabled children.

06/24/2014

Mike Carroll (Source: DCF)

DCF Appoints Specialist To Help Curb Child Fatalities

The Florida Department of Children and Families has appointed its first statewide fatality-prevention specialist, a position created by the department’s new interim secretary, Mike Carroll, earlier this month.

05/16/2014

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

House, Senate Move Closer On Revamping Child Welfare

The Florida Legislature is poised to pass a landmark measure that would overhaul the state’s troubled child-welfare system, as the House and Senate versions of the proposal moved closer together Monday.

04/21/2014

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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