Department of Children and Families

DCF (Source: www.myflfamilies.com/)

Judge Slams DCF Over Children Not Getting Care

Florida’s Department of Children and Families has been notorious for its failures to protect children on its watch. Just this month, in yet the latest tragedy, five year-old Phoebe Jonchuck was thrown to her death from a bridge by her crazed father, despite earlier calls to DCF’s hotline that the man was a danger to his children.

01/28/2015

(Source: CBS4)

DCF Reports Jump In Calls Reporting Human Trafficking

Calls to report human trafficking in the state have more than doubled in the last four years.

01/14/2015

John Jonchuck  (Source: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)

DCF Promises Changes After Death Of Child Thrown From Bridge

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is promising swift changes in how they respond to potential child abuse cases amid an investigation into the death of a 5-year old thrown from a Florida bridge.

01/13/2015

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Study Raises Questions About Group Homes For Kids

A new study shows that placing children in group homes instead of with foster families is much more expensive – and many children’s advocates say it’s also worse for the kids.

01/10/2015

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

(Source: CBS4)

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

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