Esther Jacobo

Mike Carroll (Source: DCF)

DCF Appoints Specialist To Help Curb Child Fatalities

The Florida Department of Children and Families has appointed its first statewide fatality-prevention specialist, a position created by the department’s new interim secretary, Mike Carroll, earlier this month.

05/16/2014

Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Esther Jacobo

Jim sits down for an extensive one-one interview with the DCF Interim Secretary to cover a variety of topics, including the developments and fallout after the recent Miami Herald investigative series “Innocents Lost”.

CBS4–03/31/2014

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Lawmakers’ Focus On Child Protection Gains Momentum

A Florida House panel approved a potentially groundbreaking child-protection measure Tuesday, designed to upgrade the effectiveness, professionalism and transparency of a state agency under fire after a series of children’s deaths.

03/25/2014

Florida Capitol

Lawmakers Grapple With Changing The Culture At DCF

Both chambers of the Legislature took up child-welfare reform Tuesday, hearing from a wide range of experts with research about staff turnover and caseloads.

02/11/2014

Fafane Caze (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Mother Charged With Torturing Son To Death Enters Not Guilty Plea

The attorney for the mother of a three-year-old boy, who police say was tortured before he was found dead, has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of aggravated child abuse.

02/11/2014

Gabriel Myers

Five Years After Boy’s Suicide, Findings Could Resurface

The suicide of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers in foster care shocked the child-welfare system in 2009. It led to a series of recommendations about Florida’s use of psychotropic medications on foster kids and how to protect already-traumatized children from sexual abuse by other abused children.

02/07/2014

Fafane Caze (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Autopsy Released Of 3-Year-Old Found Dead In Mother’s Home

The newly released autopsy report of a 3-year old found dead in his mother’s home could lead to more charges being filed against his mother who police say tortured her son to death.

01/24/2014

Fafane Caze (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

More Charges Expected Against Mother Charged In Son’s Death

More charges could be filed against a woman who police say tortured her 3-year old son to death.

01/22/2014

Fafane Caze (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

CBS4 Investigates: Mother Of Dead Child Has History With DCF

The lifeless body of a three-year-old boy, who was allegedly tortured by his own mother, has shocked many facets of the community, including veterans of the North Miami Police Department that are investigating the case.

01/22/2014

(Source: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Gov. Scott: Boost Spending To Prevent Child Abuse

In response to a string of child-abuse related deaths in the State of Florida, Governor Rick Scott wants to hire more than 400 additional investigators in the coming year—an effort that will cost millions.

01/13/2014

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