Department of Children and Families
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.
A Broward grandmother said she will do everything she can to keep a divided family together after a mother is accused of repeatedly leaving her children home alone with no food and electricity and giving them medication to make them go to sleep.
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.
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.
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.
CBS4 News has learned new details about the death of a 12-year-old autistic girl found dead in her Lauderhill home last fall.
More charges could be filed against a woman who police say tortured her 3-year old son to death.
The lifeless body of a three-year-old boy, who was allegedly tortured by his own mother, has shocked many facets of the community, including veterans of the North Miami Police Department that are investigating the case.
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.