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Florida Legislature. (Source: AP)

House Clears Bill For Extended Foster Care

A bill that would grant young adults living in foster care to stay longer than 18 has passed the House and is headed to Gov. Rick Scott for approval.


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Dept. Of Children & Families Warns Of Public Aid Scam

Several fake websites are offering to help people apply for public assistance, if they provide financial and personal information.


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.


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Two Years After Barahona Murder, DCF Debuts New Abuse Hotline

Inspired by the merciless killing of a 10-year-old girl by her adoptive parents in 2010, the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) debuted a revamped Florida Abuse Hotline.


(Source: miamiurbanleague.org.)

Florida Cracks Down On Child Protection Laws

A host of new laws aimed at protecting Florida’s children are officially on the books as of Monday.

CBS Miami–10/01/2012


Call Times Lag As DCF Overhauls Abuse Hotline

Child welfare officials are trying to improve the statewide abuse hotline but the hotline may suffer a few hiccups in the process.


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Pembroke Pines Hospital Deaths Trigger Investigation

South Florida State Hospital is under investigation by the Florida Department of Children and Families after three patients died last summer.

CBS Miami–07/26/2012

(Source) Florida Department of Children and Families

Florida DCF Gets Cheerier Logo, Website

Florida’s Department of Children and Families is often associated with bad news and damaged children, but the agency wants to change that perception.



State Looks To Recruit 1,200 New Foster Parents

The Sunshine State is looking for a few good men and women to help with children in need. Okay, so they are looking for more than a few.



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.