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Report Shows Lost Chances To Help Slain 5-Year-Old

A report released Monday by the Florida Department of Children and Families shows that child-protective officials missed several opportunities to help Phoebe Jonchuck’s troubled family or to intervene in the last days of her life.

02/09/2015

DCF (Source: www.myflfamilies.com/)

DCF Chief: Hotline Refused Call Week Before Girl’s Death

The secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families told lawmakers Wednesday that the state abuse hotline screened out not one but two calls about potential danger to 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck — with the first call a week before her death in the waters of Tampa Bay.

02/04/2015

(Source: AP)

Florida Licenses More Than 600 New Foster Homes

Florida’s child welfare officials have recruited hundreds of new foster homes.

01/27/2015

Gov. Rick Scott (Source: CBS4)

Scott Urged To Make Interim Secretaries Permanent At DCF, DJJ

As he gets ready to start a second term, Gov. Rick Scott will have to choose leaders for the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Department of Juvenile Justice.

12/01/2014

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Child Welfare System Looks To Institute To Help ‘Steer A Course’

Lawmakers and those charged with improving Florida’s child welfare system await as a state institute prepares it’s first report on the troubled sector for Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Legislature.

11/26/2014

Carlos Cuzan (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Man Arrested For Battery On A Disabled Person

Investigators said a co-worker witnessed Cuzan punching a victim several times in the face while employed as a medical health technician by the South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center, a forensic hospital.

10/30/2014

Source: CBS4

Parents Accused Of Beating And Starving Son Appear In Court

A Homestead mother and father are being held without bond on charges of kidnapping and child abuse.

09/12/2014

State Capitol (Source: David Sutta/CBS4)

DCF Rolls Out Site Tracking Child Deaths As Sobel Calls For Investigation

As the Florida Department of Children and Families rolls out a new website to track child deaths and make them public, the sponsor of a new law aimed at reducing those deaths is calling for an independent investigation into whether the department has been open about some recent fatalities.

06/24/2014

Kayla Oxenham (Source: Charlotte County Sheriff's Office)

Officials: SW Florida Woman Faces Charges For Branding Children

A woman in southwest Florida now faces charges after officials said she branded her two children using a heated stick.

06/19/2014

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

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