Bill Calls For State To Pay $3.75M In Barahona CaseA South Florida senator filed a proposal Friday that calls for the state to pay $3.75 million in a settlement stemming from the high-profile 2011 murder of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona and injuries suffered by her twin brother, Victor.
Couple Charged In Adoptive Daughter's Death Back In CourtJorge and Carmen Barahona, accused of brutally killing and beating their adopted daughter, are scheduled to appear in court Friday.
DCF Promises Changes After Death Of Child Thrown From BridgeThe Department of Children and Families (DCF) is promising swift changes in how they respond to potential child abuse cases amid an investigation into the death of a 5-year old thrown from a Florida bridge.
DCF Wants To Put Nubia Barahona Settlement On HoldThe Florida Department of Children and Families and attorneys for the state's legislature want to put a hold on a deal to pay nearly four million dollars to settle a lawsuit over the gruesome death of 10-year old Nubia Barahona and the torture of her twin brother Victor.
Scott Child Protection Claims DisputedDuring the gubernatorial debate Wednesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott said child protection has improved under his watch especially compared to that of his opponent former Governor Charlie Crist.
Sister Of Brutally Slain Nubia Barahona Sues DCFThe adoptive sister of Nubia Barahona, a young girl who died in the custody of her adoptive parents, has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Children and Families.
Grand Jury Report Sparks Debate On DCF Reforms After Barahona DeathA Miami-Dade grand jury on Tuesday released a report on reforms implemented by Florida's child welfare system after the gruesome death of Nubia Barahona, whose adoptive parents are awaiting trial for her 2011 death.
Barahona Seeks To Have Attempted Murder Trial Moved To MiamiThe Miami man accused of killing his 10-year-old adoptive daughter and nearly killing her twin brother wants his attempted murder trial moved out of Palm Beach County.
On Opening Day, Florida Senate Pushes Plan For Child Welfare Reform Senate President Don Gaetz on Tuesday vowed to make reforming Florida's child-welfare system a top priority of the 2014 legislative session, as a Senate panel continued its push for specific proposals to do the job.
State Tries To Break Cycle Of Crisis-Driven Reform At DCFGov. Rick Scott has proposed nearly $40 million in additional funding for child protection in the next state budget. Most of the money would go to reduce caseloads for child protective investigators, as blue-ribbon panels and advocates have long advised.
DCF Considers Working With Law Enforcement On Child InvestigationsIn the state of Florida, the child death toll rate continues to climb and officials, along with children’s advocates, are pondering whether a two-fold approach, bringing sheriffs in on child investigations, can help save children’s lives.
DCF Launches New Safety Training The Department of Children and Families will train more than 5,000 employees to use a new and improved approach to investigations.