Department of Children and Families

Seven men were arrested in December 2014 on charges of sexual battery and supplying a controlled substance to a minor after a 16-year old girl was taken from school and allegedly forced into sex trafficking. (Courtesy: Miami-Dade Department Of Corrections)

Exclusive: Grandfather Of Teen Victim In Sex Trafficking Case Speaks Out

The maternal grandfather of a 16-year-old girl who prosecutors say was victimized in a sex trafficking case spoke out for the first time, saying the seven men arrested deserve stiff punishment if they are convicted.

12/16/2014

Bananas (Source: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Families In Need Get Some Help For The Holidays

South Florida families in need are getting some help for the holidays in the form of food on Saturday.

12/13/2014

Mike Carroll (Source: DCF)

Carroll Says DCF Safety Net Can’t Fail Children

The man in charge of Florida’s social services agency is also known for improving the child welfare system.

12/09/2014

Florida Money

Taxpayer Tab Mounts In Welfare Drug-Test Legal Fight

Taxpayers are on the hook for at least $307,000 — and perhaps much more — to cover legal expenses in Gov. Rick Scott’s repeated failed efforts to convince courts that a onetime campaign pledge to drug-test welfare recipients is constitutional.

12/08/2014

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Child Found Wandering In Miami Beach Alley

A misunderstanding led to a child being left in the cold early Thursday morning, according to Miami Beach Police.

11/27/2014

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Florida’s Medicaid Website Down For Repairs

Florida families looking to see if they are eligible for Medicaid will have to put their plans on hold. The website that determines eligibility will be down for repairs starting Friday.

11/07/2014

Donald Edward Strange accused of shooting his wife at their NW Dade home.  (Source: Miami-Dade Police Department)

NW Dade Man Accused Of Shooting Wife Found In Georgia

A wife shot in the chest in Northwest Miami-Dade died Tuesday night. Her husband, the alleged gunman, was captured by police in another state.

11/05/2014

November 4, 2014: A voter holds a sign outside of a polling location in Miami-Dade County. (Source: CBS4)

Republicans Sweep Florida Cabinet Races

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam all easily defeated their Democratic opponents Tuesday, positioning them for possible runs for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2018.

11/04/2014

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Stark Differences In Florida Attorney General Race

Florida’s two main attorneys general candidates seem to have very little in common whether it’s on the positions on same-sex marriage ban to regulating utilities to their style.

10/28/2014

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

State Wants To Make Case Again On Children’s Health Care

Pointing to a new managed-care system and changes stemming from the Affordable Care Act, attorneys for the state are asking a federal judge to dig back into whether Florida properly provides care to children in the Medicaid program.

10/27/2014

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