DCF, Senators Eye Ways To Bolster Child ProtectionThe chief of the Florida Department of Children and Families told lawmakers Thursday his agency is making progress at carrying out reforms but still has a long way to go.
Judge Slams DCF After Kids Walk Away From FacilityA Miami-Dade Juvenile Court judge was severely critical of the state's Department of Children and Families, and two of its contractors, during a Monday morning hearing over what needs to be done with five siblings who walked away from a child services facility last week and were missing for 20 hours before being found at a relative's house.
Settlement Could Offer More Options For People With Mental IllnessFlorida's Department of Children and Families settled a lawsuit between Disability Rights Florida, in part by providing more options for people with mental illness like having them live in communities as opposed to state hospitals.
Scott Signs Executive Order Tracking Mental Health ServicesAs the state Department of Children and Families convened its annual child-protection summit Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order aimed at better coordinating mental health services --- something DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said will help his agency provide improved care for children.
Smith Renews Debate On After-School Background ChecksA legislative battle over state regulation of after-school programs will return during the 2016 legislative session.
Exclusive: BSO Says Couple Busted For Trafficking Drugs With Baby In Hotel RoomDrugs, guns and a baby – that's what the Broward Sheriff's Office said they found inside a Deerfield Beach hotel room on Sunday. Now a man and a woman face serious felony charges of armed drug trafficking and child neglect.
Couple Accused Of Scamming DCF Out Of ThousandsA former Department of Children & Families employee and her husband, accused of scamming the state out of thousands of dollars in financial aid, will go before a judge on Thursday.
Bill Calls For State To Pay $3.75M In Barahona CaseA South Florida senator filed a proposal Friday that calls for the state to pay $3.75 million in a settlement stemming from the high-profile 2011 murder of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona and injuries suffered by her twin brother, Victor.
State Officials Say They're Recruiting More Foster FamiliesChild welfare officials say they're recruiting more foster families than ever before.
South Florida Couple, With Young Kids, Accused Of Running Pot LabA South Florida couple with young children is accused of running a hydroponics lab out of their Westchester home.
Taxpayer Tab In Drug Test Lawsuits Tops $1.5 MillionFlorida taxpayers are on the hook for more than $1.5 million in legal fees --- including nearly $1 million to civil-rights lawyers --- because of Gov. Rick Scott's failed push to force welfare applicants and tens of thousands of state workers to submit to suspicionless drug tests.
Woman Arrested For Allegedly Luring 14-Year-Old Into ProstitutionA 20-year-old woman is being held without bond, accused of luring an underage girl to a motel for the purposes of prostitution.