Department of Children and Families

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Lawmakers Eye Reduction In Group Care For Foster Kids

As lawmakers continue efforts to shore up the front lines of Florida’s child-protection system, they are also eyeing the back end — that is, what happens to children who have been removed from family homes due to abuse and neglect.

03/13/2015

Source: CBS4

Police: Pregnant Florida Woman Charged With Drunken Driving

A pregnant Florida woman was charged with drunk driving in her SUV with her two 18-month old children inside.

03/13/2015

(Source: bgca.org/)

Senators Clash Over Exemptions From Child-Care Licensing

A bill that would make clear national groups like the Boys and Girls Clubs are exempt from Florida licensing requirements is stalled in a legislative committee, sparking a clash between two state senators.

03/09/2015

File photo of a doctor wearing a stethoscope. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Senate To Consider New Health Exchange

Looking for ways to expand health-care coverage, a Senate committee next week is slated to consider a wide-ranging proposal that would set up a new insurance-exchange program, according to documents filed Thursday.

03/05/2015

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Florida Child Welfare Agency Tackles Baby Sleep Deaths

The Department of Children and Families is giving away 2,000 wearable blankets to families to try and prevent unsafe sleeping deaths.

02/28/2015

Zobeida Gonzalez
(Courtesy: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Daycare Worker Charged In Child’s Death Admits To Leaving Boy For 30 Minutes

A West Miami-Dade daycare operator will spend Christmas in jail, after pleading guilty in the drowning death of a child at her center.

02/19/2015

(Source: Jonchuck family)

House Panel Questions DCF Secretary On Slain Girl’s Death

A Florida House panel on Tuesday heard details on a report about a 5-year old whose father is accused of throwing her off a bridge in Tampa.

02/17/2015

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

Gardiner Wants Review Of Mental Health Services After Girl’s Death

Senate President Andy Gardiner wants the state to focus more on mental-health issues after the child-welfare system was stunned by the death of a 5-year-old girl whose father is accused of dropping her into Tampa Bay.

02/16/2015

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Police: Mother Arrested For Leaving Kids In Car To Gamble At Casino

A Hollywood mother is facing a slew of charges for allegedly leaving her four children inside her car so that she could gamble at the Seminole Classic Casino.

02/12/2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott  with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at an early voting rally in Tampa, FL on October 26, 2014. (Source: CBS4)

Advocates: State Should Spend More On Children In Surplus Year

Children’s advocates say they’re “cautiously optimistic” about Gov. Rick Scott’s budget recommendations for the coming spending year, which contain relatively few cuts to programs that serve Florida’s children.

02/06/2015

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