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State Capitol (Source: David Sutta/CBS4)

DCF Rolls Out Site Tracking Child Deaths As Sobel Calls For Investigation

As the Florida Department of Children and Families rolls out a new website to track child deaths and make them public, the sponsor of a new law aimed at reducing those deaths is calling for an independent investigation into whether the department has been open about some recent fatalities.

06/24/2014

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Holds News Conference At Biomedical Product Manufacturing

Scott Signs Bills To Thwart Human Trafficking

Gov. Rick Scott signed a pair of bills Tuesday as the state continues efforts to curb human trafficking.

06/17/2014

June 9, 2014: Family of AJ Hope.  (Source: CBS4)

Exclusive: Father Of Deceased Boy Plans Lawsuit Against DCF, ChildNet

One year ago, 4-year-old AJ Hope was found dead in a Coral Springs apartment. The boy had been reunited with his mother by child welfare workers despite his mother’s ongoing mental health problems.

06/09/2014

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Law Offers Health Care To Foster Kids; Outreach Questioned

Former foster children are eligible for health coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act until they turn 26 years old, but many in Florida don’t know it yet.

06/09/2014

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Plea Agreement Reached In Case Of Mother Who Left Child In Car

A plea agreement was reached in the case of a mother whose child died after he was left in a hot car in a driveway.

05/28/2014

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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

State Capitol (Source: David Sutta/CBS4)

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

Florida Money

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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