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Clash Over After-School Programs Coming Back

A clash over the state’s oversight of children’s after-school programs is headed back to the Legislature, as lawmakers and agency heads plan hearings for the 2016 session about licensure and background checks.


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State Leaders Look To Pass Mental Health Reform In 2016

As they reviewed legislative issues affecting children, lawmakers and state agency heads said this week they will push again in 2016 for two key bills that died in the abrupt end to this spring’s regular session.


Qushanna Doby (Source: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

Exclusive: Surveillance Tape Shows Mom Accused Of Abandoning Baby After Taking Flakka

New surveillance tape shows some disturbing images of a disoriented mother wandering aimlessly through a Dunkin Donuts parking lot in Boynton Beach after police say she abandoned her baby girl nearby. They said she had admitted to taking the synthetic drug “flakka” the night before.


Ahizyah Osceola  (Source: Hollywood Police)

DCF Review Finds Fault In Handling Hollywood Boy Abuse Claims

The department of children and families calls the death of
3 year old Ahziya Osceola
Heartbreaking and inexcusable


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DCF Faulted For Oversight Of Privatized Agencies

Two reports presented to lawmakers last week criticized the Florida Department of Children and Families for poor oversight of the privatized agencies that deliver child-welfare, substance-abuse and mental-health services statewide.


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Florida Bill Would Let Adoption Agencies Refuse Gay Couples

A bill, ready for a House vote, would allow private adoption agencies to use religious and/or moral reasons to deny gay couples wanting to adopt children.


A girl pays for her mother's groceries using Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) tokens. (Source: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Food Stamp Debit Cards Expire Soon

There’s not much time before the state’s food stamp debit cards expire—28 days to be exact.


Ahizyah Osceola  (Source: Hollywood Police)

Siblings Of Toddler Found Dead Placed With Relatives

The siblings of a 3-year old boy found dead inside his family’s Hollywood home have been placed with relatives.


DCF investigator Shani Smith, caseworker probed in the death of an 11 month old boy, lacked certification, records show.

Fmr. DCF Investigator Released From Jail

A former child protective investigator, arrested on charges of official misconduct, was released from jail on Thursday evening.


DCF investigator Shani Smith, caseworker probed in the death of an 11 month old boy, lacked certification, records show.

Fmr. DCF Investigator Arrested On Misconduct Charges

A former child protective investigator is under arrest on charges of official misconduct related to a case where a child died after he was left in a hot car.