Gov. Rick Scott has proposed nearly $40 million in additional funding for child protection in the next state budget. Most of the money would go to reduce caseloads for child protective investigators, as blue-ribbon panels and advocates have long advised.
In response to a string of child-abuse related deaths in the State of Florida, Governor Rick Scott wants to hire more than 400 additional investigators in the coming year—an effort that will cost millions.
Florida Senate President Don Gaetz on Monday took the next step toward reforming the state Department of Children and Families by asking the author of a white paper to address a Senate panel on how to improve the agency’s approach to child safety.
After a series of child deaths, the Florida Department of Children and Families faces a potentially groundbreaking legislative session, according to Senate President Don Gaetz.
A new law giving young adults in foster care the option of staying until age 21 is slated to go into effect January 1, 2014.
There’s a scathing new report out regarding the state’s efforts to prevent child abuse deaths across Florida.
For the past 60 days, Geoff Cole has been in the Dade County Jail, held in contempt of court because Family Court Judge George Sarduy believes he either knows where his runaway 14-year-old daughter is staying or he can compel the child to come forward.
With tears streaming down her face, Jessica Freelove faced a judge Tuesday. The allegations against her started with, what should have been a simple traffic stop for speeding, but instead turned into a police chase.
Tamiyah Audain, autistic and disabled, lost a large amount of weight in the months leading up to her death at the end of September while living with a caregiver — her cousin — in a Lauderhill apartment with a rotting smell and cockroaches all over the kitchen, state records obtained by CBS4′s news partner The Miami Herald show.
Florida’s Department of Children and Families, with at least 20 child deaths reported since April, is working on implementing a new approach to child safety—aiming at a more proactive method of ensuring children in harms way are protected–before it’s too late.