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Crackdown On Sexual Predators Sails Through House

Pointing to examples of children being raped and murdered, the Florida House on Wednesday unanimously passed four bills to crack down on sexually violent predators, preparing the measures for Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.



Senate Panel Approves Major Changes To Child-Welfare System

A Senate panel on Tuesday unanimously approved three measures that would make wide-ranging changes to Florida’s child-welfare system after a series of highly publicized deaths last year that involved child abuse and neglect.


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On Opening Day, Florida Senate Pushes Plan For Child Welfare Reform

Senate President Don Gaetz on Tuesday vowed to make reforming Florida’s child-welfare system a top priority of the 2014 legislative session, as a Senate panel continued its push for specific proposals to do the job.


Mabel Hernandez, Assoc. Dir., Church World Service (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: LGBT Refugees

Refugees resettling here face innumerable challenges. LGBT refugees face those challenges as well as unique obstacles, concerns and vulnerabilities. Church World Service is a global non-profit whose immigration and refugee program is dedicated to assisting South Florida refugees. CWS recently received grant funding from the Heartland Alliance Rainbow Initiative to provide services to LGBT clients. We focus on this often forgotten group of people, and the importance of making available the help they need.

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Florida Capitol

Lawmakers Grapple With Changing The Culture At DCF

Both chambers of the Legislature took up child-welfare reform Tuesday, hearing from a wide range of experts with research about staff turnover and caseloads.


Fafane Caze (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Mother Charged With Torturing Son To Death Enters Not Guilty Plea

The attorney for the mother of a three-year-old boy, who police say was tortured before he was found dead, has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of aggravated child abuse.


Gabriel Myers

Five Years After Boy’s Suicide, Findings Could Resurface

The suicide of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers in foster care shocked the child-welfare system in 2009. It led to a series of recommendations about Florida’s use of psychotropic medications on foster kids and how to protect already-traumatized children from sexual abuse by other abused children.


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Children’s Services Could See Big Gains In Budget

Thanks to a budget surplus and an election year, Florida’s children could gain protection, education, developmental screening and other services during the upcoming legislative session.


Fafane Caze (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Autopsy Released Of 3-Year-Old Found Dead In Mother’s Home

The newly released autopsy report of a 3-year old found dead in his mother’s home could lead to more charges being filed against his mother who police say tortured her son to death.


Fafane Caze (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

More Charges Expected Against Mother Charged In Son’s Death

More charges could be filed against a woman who police say tortured her 3-year old son to death.