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A small brackish pond with mangrove seedlings and dead Australian pines in the background. (Source: Florida State Parks)

Foster & Adoptive Children Receive Free Park Passes

More than 15,000 foster and adoptive children and their families are getting free passes to Florida’s state parks.

03/15/2014

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

House Panel Passes Bill Aimed At Serving Sexually Exploited Children

A House panel on Wednesday unanimously passed a sweeping measure aimed at better identifying and serving sexually exploited children.

03/12/2014

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Crackdown On Sexual Predators Sails Through House

Pointing to examples of children being raped and murdered, the Florida House on Wednesday unanimously passed four bills to crack down on sexually violent predators, preparing the measures for Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.

03/12/2014

A Miami Beach Police detective is relieved of duty with pay as several agencies investigate sexual battery allegations against him, CBS 4 News learned on March 11th. (Source: CBS4)

CBS4 Exclusive: Miami Beach Police Officer Relieved Of Duty Over Sexual Battery Allegations

A Miami Beach Police detective is relieved of duty with pay as several agencies investigate sexual battery allegations against him, CBS 4 News has learned.

03/11/2014

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Senate Panel Approves Major Changes To Child-Welfare System

A Senate panel on Tuesday unanimously approved three measures that would make wide-ranging changes to Florida’s child-welfare system after a series of highly publicized deaths last year that involved child abuse and neglect.

03/11/2014

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

On Opening Day, Florida Senate Pushes Plan For Child Welfare Reform

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.

03/04/2014

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CBS4 Exclusive: Grandmother Fights To Keep Family Together After Children Left Home Alone

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.

02/28/2014

Florida Capitol

Lawmakers Grapple With Changing The Culture At DCF

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.

02/11/2014

Fafane Caze (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Mother Charged With Torturing Son To Death Enters Not Guilty Plea

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.

02/11/2014

Gabriel Myers

Five Years After Boy’s Suicide, Findings Could Resurface

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.

02/07/2014

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