Department of Children and Families

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.


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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.


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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.


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.


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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.


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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.