Department of Children and Families

John Jonchuck  (Source: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)

Gardiner Wants Review Of Mental Health Services After Girl’s Death

Senate President Andy Gardiner wants the state to focus more on mental-health issues after the child-welfare system was stunned by the death of a 5-year-old girl whose father is accused of dropping her into Tampa Bay.

02/16/2015

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Police: Mother Arrested For Leaving Kids In Car To Gamble At Casino

A Hollywood mother is facing a slew of charges for allegedly leaving her four children inside her car so that she could gamble at the Seminole Classic Casino.

02/12/2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott  with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at an early voting rally in Tampa, FL on October 26, 2014. (Source: CBS4)

Advocates: State Should Spend More On Children In Surplus Year

Children’s advocates say they’re “cautiously optimistic” about Gov. Rick Scott’s budget recommendations for the coming spending year, which contain relatively few cuts to programs that serve Florida’s children.

02/06/2015

Carmen and Jorge Barahona (Source: CBS4)

Couple Charged In Adoptive Daughter’s Death Back In Court

Jorge and Carmen Barahona, accused of brutally killing and beating their adopted daughter, are scheduled to appear in court Friday.

01/30/2015

DCF (Source: www.myflfamilies.com/)

Judge Slams DCF Over Children Not Getting Care

Florida’s Department of Children and Families has been notorious for its failures to protect children on its watch. Just this month, in yet the latest tragedy, five year-old Phoebe Jonchuck was thrown to her death from a bridge by her crazed father, despite earlier calls to DCF’s hotline that the man was a danger to his children.

01/28/2015

(Source: CBS4)

DCF Reports Jump In Calls Reporting Human Trafficking

Calls to report human trafficking in the state have more than doubled in the last four years.

01/14/2015

John Jonchuck  (Source: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)

DCF Promises Changes After Death Of Child Thrown From Bridge

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is promising swift changes in how they respond to potential child abuse cases amid an investigation into the death of a 5-year old thrown from a Florida bridge.

01/13/2015

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Study Raises Questions About Group Homes For Kids

A new study shows that placing children in group homes instead of with foster families is much more expensive – and many children’s advocates say it’s also worse for the kids.

01/10/2015

Seven men were arrested in December 2014 on charges of sexual battery and supplying a controlled substance to a minor after a 16-year old girl was taken from school and allegedly forced into sex trafficking. (Courtesy: Miami-Dade Department Of Corrections)

Exclusive: Grandfather Of Teen Victim In Sex Trafficking Case Speaks Out

The maternal grandfather of a 16-year-old girl who prosecutors say was victimized in a sex trafficking case spoke out for the first time, saying the seven men arrested deserve stiff punishment if they are convicted.

12/16/2014

Bananas (Source: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Families In Need Get Some Help For The Holidays

South Florida families in need are getting some help for the holidays in the form of food on Saturday.

12/13/2014

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