Florida Department of Children and Families

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.
Scott Urged To Make Interim Secretaries Permanent At DCF, DJJAs 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.
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.
Man Arrested For Battery On A Disabled PersonInvestigators 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.
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.
DCF Rolls Out Site Tracking Child Deaths As Sobel Calls For InvestigationAs 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.