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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Holds News Conference At Biomedical Product Manufacturing

Scott Signs Bills To Thwart Human Trafficking

Gov. Rick Scott signed a pair of bills Tuesday as the state continues efforts to curb human trafficking.

06/17/2014

June 9, 2014: Family of AJ Hope.  (Source: CBS4)

Exclusive: Father Of Deceased Boy Plans Lawsuit Against DCF, ChildNet

One year ago, 4-year-old AJ Hope was found dead in a Coral Springs apartment. The boy had been reunited with his mother by child welfare workers despite his mother’s ongoing mental health problems.

06/09/2014

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Law Offers Health Care To Foster Kids; Outreach Questioned

Former foster children are eligible for health coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act until they turn 26 years old, but many in Florida don’t know it yet.

06/09/2014

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DCF Launches Campaign To Address Child Drownings

With almost year-round summertime temperatures in South Florida, and plenty of swimming pools, it may not come as a surprise that drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of four in the state.

05/27/2014

State Capitol (Source: David Sutta/CBS4)

Children’s Issues A Mixed Bag As Lawmakers Vow To Fight On

Children’s issues were in the spotlight during the 2014 legislative session, frequently contentious and ultimately a very mixed bag.

05/08/2014

Theodis Barfield (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Dad Charged With Child Abuse For Breaking Baby’s Leg

A South Florida father remains in jail Wednesday charged with child abuse.

CBS Miami–05/07/2014

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Interim DCF Chief Wants New Position To Track Child Deaths

On his first day as interim secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, Mike Carroll directed his deputies to create a new position to oversee the reporting of child deaths and to track the agency’s response to them.

05/05/2014

The pool at a day care where a toddler drowned has been drained of water.  (Source: CBS4)

Inspector Never Measured Pool Fence At Day Care Where Boy Drown

A state inspector who approved fencing around a West Miami-Dade home daycenter pool where a three year old boy drown says he never actually measured the fence, gate or gap between the slats to ensure they would keep children out.

05/04/2014

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Florida Legislature Approves Record $77 Billion Budget

From child welfare to cleaning up water pollution, Florida legislators planned to end this year’s session by approving a record state budget.

05/02/2014

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Fla. House Passes Sweeping Child Welfare Bill

Florida’s child welfare system may be getting a major overhaul thanks to a bill passed Friday.

05/02/2014

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