Department of Children and Families

Rate Of Kids Coming Into Foster Care Rising, But Is It Too Much?More children are coming into Florida's foster-care system after a sweeping child-welfare reform law went into effect 19 months ago, but officials say the state is trying to focus on what's best for kids in difficult situations.
Housing Syrian Refugees A Divisive Issue In South FloridaSome Americans want to shut the doors on those fleeing from Syria after news broke that one of the terrorist responsible for the Paris attacks may have infiltrated the ranks of refugees.
Gov. Doesn't Want Syrian Refugees Relocated To StateGovernor Rick Scott has joined a chorus of other state governors who have asked the federal government to stop accepting refugees from Syria.
Florida Gov. Proposes Another Boost For Child Welfare AgencyFlorida Governor Rick Scott proposed another boost to the budget for the state's child welfare agency.
DCF, Senators Eye Ways To Bolster Child ProtectionThe chief of the Florida Department of Children and Families told lawmakers Thursday his agency is making progress at carrying out reforms but still has a long way to go.
House Leader Casts Doubt On Background-Check BillThe chairman of a key House panel says a controversial bill about background checks for workers at after-school programs won't get a hearing "in its current form" from his committee.
Judge Slams DCF After Kids Walk Away From FacilityA Miami-Dade Juvenile Court judge was severely critical of the state's Department of Children and Families, and two of its contractors, during a Monday morning hearing over what needs to be done with five siblings who walked away from a child services facility last week and were missing for 20 hours before being found at a relative's house.
Settlement Could Offer More Options For People With Mental IllnessFlorida's Department of Children and Families settled a lawsuit between Disability Rights Florida, in part by providing more options for people with mental illness like having them live in communities as opposed to state hospitals.
CBS4 Exclusive: Court Docs Reveal New Info In Death Of Coral Springs MotherCBS4 News has obtained copies of seven search warrants filed in Broward County Court regarding the death of a Coral Springs mother, Magdalena Weich.
Scott Signs Executive Order Tracking Mental Health ServicesAs the state Department of Children and Families convened its annual child-protection summit Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order aimed at better coordinating mental health services --- something DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said will help his agency provide improved care for children.
Lawmakers To Look At Group Homes For Foster KidsLawmakers and the Florida Department of Children and Families are looking to increase accountability and improve standards at group homes for foster children.
Smith Renews Debate On After-School Background ChecksA legislative battle over state regulation of after-school programs will return during the 2016 legislative session.
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