Florida 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.
BSO Investigating Death Of ToddlerThe Broward Sheriff's Office said homicide detectives are trying to figure out why a 2-year-old girl died early Thursday morning.
Mom Of Girl Found Dead Accused Of Abusing 5 Kids For YearsDocuments released by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office revealed child welfare investigators went several times to a home, at times infested with rats and roaches, where a girl was found dead in a freezer. The documents also stated the mother of the girl was accused of beating her five children for years.
DCF Secretary Points To 'System Failure' In Child DeathsFlorida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll told a Senate panel Thursday that the state's child-protection system appears to have failed two children whose bodies were found in recent days.
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.
Departed DCF Boss Still Troubled By Bell KillingsAfter his resignation from the Florida Department of Children and Families, David Abramowitz is still troubled by the killing of six children and their mother in the tiny Gilchrist County town of Bell.
Spike In Number Of Kids In State Foster CareThe number of Florida children in the state's foster-care system has reached its highest level since 2008 --- driven by both a spike in the number of kids being removed from their homes and a drop in the number being discharged after a stint in foster care.
Fmr. Foster Child Sues Agencies Over Alleged MolestationA former foster child in Broward county is suing the agencies charged with protecting him over allegations that a foster parent sexually abused him.
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.
Report Shows Lost Chances To Help Slain 5-Year-OldA 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.
DCF Chief: Hotline Refused Call Week Before Girl's DeathThe 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.
Florida Licenses More Than 600 New Foster HomesFlorida’s child welfare officials have recruited hundreds of new foster homes.
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