With almost year-round summertime temperatures in South Florida, and plenty of swimming pools, it may not come as a surprise that drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of four in the state.
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.
Children’s issues were in the spotlight during the 2014 legislative session, frequently contentious and ultimately a very mixed bag.
A South Florida father remains in jail Wednesday charged with child abuse.
From child welfare to cleaning up water pollution, Florida legislators planned to end this year’s session by approving a record state budget.
Florida’s child welfare system may be getting a major overhaul thanks to a bill passed Friday.
Since David Wilkins’s, DCF’s former secretary, abrupt resignation last July, Esther Jacobo has been in charge. Governor Rick Scott, on Monday, will announce a new secretary for the state’s child welfare agency.
The Florida Senate passed a bill Friday seeking to reform the child welfare system by adding more than $47 million for services including adding nearly 200 more investigators.
House and Senate negotiators said Tuesday they had agreed to spend about $47 million in new money on Florida’s child-welfare system, which has been the focus of legislative scrutiny after a series of children’s deaths from abuse and neglect last year.
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.