Adoption Changes Get Unanimous Senate SuppportThe state's Senate unanimously approved a bill aimed at allowing judges to take the "best interests" of children into account when making adoption decisions.
Panel Approves Bill That Would Allow Couples To "Shack Up"A bill that would allow South Florida couples to 'shack up' has cleared another hurdle.
Lawmakers Seek Changes In Children's Health Program EligibilityAfter months of controversy, the Florida Department of Health on Monday resumed eligibility screening for the Children's Medical Services program, which serves kids with serious and chronic health conditions.
Lawmakers Sort Out Details Of Oil Spill MoneyWith billions of dollars coming to Florida in reparation for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a Senate panel Tuesday tried to get a better feel for how the money will be spent.
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.
Book Draws Opponent For Broward Senate SeatDavie Democrat Emmanuel Saye Blimie has opened a campaign account to run next year in a Broward County Senate seat that will be vacated by term-limited Sen. Eleanor Sobel.
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.
Clash Over After-School Programs Coming BackA clash over the state's oversight of children's after-school programs is headed back to the Legislature, as lawmakers and agency heads plan hearings for the 2016 session about licensure and background checks.
DCF Faulted For Oversight Of Privatized AgenciesTwo reports presented to lawmakers last week criticized the Florida Department of Children and Families for poor oversight of the privatized agencies that deliver child-welfare, substance-abuse and mental-health services statewide.
DCF Report Could Shed Light On Hollywood Boy's DeathThe head of the state's Department of Children and Families appeared before a Senate panel Thursday to talk about the death of a three year old Hollywood boy last month.
Abortion Waiting Period Gets Senate OKA divided Senate committee Tuesday approved a controversial bill that would require women to wait 24 hours before they could receive abortions.
Senators Move To Expand Juvenile Diversion ProgramsA bill that could lead to more juveniles receiving civil citations for misdemeanor crimes, rather than getting arrested, is moving ahead in the Florida Senate.