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Department of Children and Families

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

Mike Carroll (Source: DCF)

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.


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.


Florida Money

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.



Fla. House Passes Sweeping Child Welfare Bill

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


Mike Carroll (Source: DCF)

Governor Scott Names New DCF Secretary

Since David Wilkins’s, DCF’s former secretary, abrupt resignation last July, Esther Jacobo has been in charge. Governor Rick Scott, on Monday, will announce a new secretary for the state’s child welfare agency.



Fla. Senate Passes Sweeping Child Welfare Bill

The Florida Senate passed a bill Friday seeking to reform the child welfare system by adding more than $47 million for services including adding nearly 200 more investigators.


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Lawmakers Agree On $47 Million Boost For Child Welfare

House and Senate negotiators said Tuesday they had agreed to spend about $47 million in new money on Florida’s child-welfare system, which has been the focus of legislative scrutiny after a series of children’s deaths from abuse and neglect last year.


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House, Senate Move Closer On Revamping Child Welfare

The Florida Legislature is poised to pass a landmark measure that would overhaul the state’s troubled child-welfare system, as the House and Senate versions of the proposal moved closer together Monday.


Gov. Rick Scott (Source: CBS4)

Governor Scott Lobbies For DCF Funding After Earlier Slashing Agency

Florida Gov. Rick Scott chatted up some kids and parents at an Opa-Locka Department of Children and Families office Tuesday. Scott shared a “selfie” with the office director, and made the rounds chatting and shaking hands with staff members.