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DCF Launches Campaign To Address Child Drownings

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.

05/27/2014

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

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Children’s Issues A Mixed Bag As Lawmakers Vow To Fight On

Children’s issues were in the spotlight during the 2014 legislative session, frequently contentious and ultimately a very mixed bag.

05/08/2014

Theodis Barfield (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Dad Charged With Child Abuse For Breaking Baby’s Leg

A South Florida father remains in jail Wednesday charged with child abuse.

CBS Miami–05/07/2014

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Florida Legislature Approves Record $77 Billion Budget

From child welfare to cleaning up water pollution, Florida legislators planned to end this year’s session by approving a record state budget.

05/02/2014

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Fla. House Passes Sweeping Child Welfare Bill

Florida’s child welfare system may be getting a major overhaul thanks to a bill passed Friday.

05/02/2014

Mike Carroll (Source: DCF)

Governor Scott Names New DCF Secretary

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.

04/28/2014

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Fla. Senate Passes Sweeping Child Welfare Bill

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.

04/25/2014

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Lawmakers Agree On $47 Million Boost For Child Welfare

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.

04/22/2014

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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

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