Department of Children and Families

Coral Springs Police said the body of 38-year-old Magdalena Weich, who went missing Wednesday, was found on Thursday near a high school. 
(Source: Coral Springs Police Department)

Police Seek Anwers After Body Of Missing Woman Found In Coral Springs

The Coral Springs Police Department is asking for the public’s help in figuring out what happened to a missing woman whose body was discovered in a wooded area near a high school.

08/21/2015

BSO said Erik Sanchez and Tamisha Burnell not only planned to sell large amounts of heroin and other drugs, but they were in a La Quinta Inn hotel room with a baby.
(Source: Broward Sheriff's Office)

Exclusive: BSO Says Couple Busted For Trafficking Drugs With Baby In Hotel Room

Drugs, guns and a baby – that’s what the Broward Sheriff’s Office said they found inside a Deerfield Beach hotel room on Sunday. Now a man and a woman face serious felony charges of armed drug trafficking and child neglect.

08/13/2015

Carmen and Jorge Barahona (Source: CBS4)

Bill Calls For State To Pay $3.75M In Barahona Case

A South Florida senator filed a proposal Friday that calls for the state to pay $3.75 million in a settlement stemming from the high-profile 2011 murder of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona and injuries suffered by her twin brother, Victor.

07/31/2015

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State Officials Say They’re Recruiting More Foster Families

Child welfare officials say they’re recruiting more foster families than ever before.

07/26/2015

Key West Pride Parade 2015 (Source: keywestpride.org)

New Rules Bring Focus To Gay, Transgender Youth In Foster Care

As the state Department of Children and Families considers a new rule governing group homes for foster kids, advocates are pushing to include provisions requiring better treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths who live in such facilities.

07/13/2015

Manny Dieguez and Ivette Montero are accused of running a hydroponics lab in their Westchester home, where their two young children lived. (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

South Florida Couple, With Young Kids, Accused Of Running Pot Lab

A South Florida couple with young children is accused of running a hydroponics lab out of their Westchester home.

06/25/2015

Florida Money

Taxpayer Tab In Drug Test Lawsuits Tops $1.5 Million

Florida taxpayers are on the hook for more than $1.5 million in legal fees — including nearly $1 million to civil-rights lawyers — because of Gov. Rick Scott’s failed push to force welfare applicants and tens of thousands of state workers to submit to suspicionless drug tests.

06/19/2015

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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.

05/18/2015

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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.

05/14/2015

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.

05/04/2015

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