Gayle Harrell

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

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

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

House, Senate Move Closer On Revamping Child Welfare

The Florida Legislature is poised to pass a landmark measure that would overhaul the state’s troubled child-welfare system, as the House and Senate versions of the proposal moved closer together Monday.

04/21/2014

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

Lawmakers Search For Compromise On Sex-Trafficking Bill

A Florida House panel spent months on a sweeping measure that would ensure services for sex-trafficking victims, but the bill is stalled in the Senate over one issue — a proposal to detain some victims for months to keep them from returning to their pimps.

03/27/2014

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 Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

As Outrage Grows Over Child Deaths, Lawmakers Talk Money

Legislative leaders are responding to public outrage over a series of child deaths in Florida last year — and not just in the policy arena. They’re also talking about spending more money on the state’s troubled child-welfare system.

03/18/2014

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

House Panel Passes Bill Aimed At Serving Sexually Exploited Children

A House panel on Wednesday unanimously passed a sweeping measure aimed at better identifying and serving sexually exploited children.

03/12/2014

Community Health Center Gives Newborn Care Class For Low-Income Parents

Time’s Running Out For Children’s Health Care Bill

A bill aiming to expand access to health care coverage for Florida children may not be passed in time.

CBS4–03/25/2013

(Source: AP)

Insurance Regulators Struggling To Implement Federal Health Law

Insurance regulators across Florida have a Herculean task on their hands.

CBS4–01/26/2013