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Stepfather Of Murdered Miami Mother Granted Custody Of Children

A 26-year-old man is being charged with the murder of his girlfriend after police say he fatally shot her because he believed she was having an affair.

07/17/2014

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Despite New Law, Debate Over Child Protection Continues

After more than a year of passionate debate, a new law that makes major changes to Florida’s troubled child welfare system goes into effect next week.

06/27/2014

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Florida Gets Bonus For Food Stamp Program

For the seventh year in a row, Florida is getting a bonus from the federal government for how it runs its food stamp program.

06/27/2014

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Grand Jury Report Sparks Debate On DCF Reforms After Barahona Death

A Miami-Dade grand jury on Tuesday released a report on reforms implemented by Florida’s child welfare system after the gruesome death of Nubia Barahona, whose adoptive parents are awaiting trial for her 2011 death.

06/25/2014

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New DCF Website Meant To Improve Child Death Transparency

Florida Welfare officials launched a new site, mandated by the legislature, to improve transparency surrounding child abuse deaths.

06/25/2014

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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

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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

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