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Grand Jury Report Sparks Debate On DCF Reforms After Barahona Death

A 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.

06/25/2014

Carmen and Jorge Barahona (Source: CBS4)

Barahona Seeks To Have Attempted Murder Trial Moved To Miami

The 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.

CBS Miami–04/11/2014

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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.

03/04/2014

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State Tries To Break Cycle Of Crisis-Driven Reform At DCF

Gov. 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.

01/15/2014

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DCF Considers Working With Law Enforcement On Child Investigations

In 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.

07/31/2013

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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.

CBS Miami–07/01/2013

Catalina Bruno (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Mother Accused Of Killing Baby Cries Like Baby In Court

Wearing a red, “high profile” prisoner jumpsuit, Catalina Bruno wept uncontrollably in a Miami-Dade Courtroom Wednesday.

05/29/2013

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Two Years After Barahona Murder, DCF Debuts New Abuse Hotline

Inspired by the merciless killing of a 10-year-old girl by her adoptive parents in 2010, the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) debuted a revamped Florida Abuse Hotline.

CBS4–12/13/2012

Carmen and Jorge Barahona

Barahonas Ordered To Start Attending Hearings

Charged with beating their adoptive daughter to death, Jorge and Carmen Barahona have skipped most of their court hearings due to intense media coverage. But that’s about to change.

CBS4–05/10/2012

(Source: CBS4) Miami-Dade County launched anti-child abuse campaign and will place this poster in all Miami-Dade County buildings.

Scott Signs Bills Making Child Abuse Reporting Everyone’s Job

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed off on a group of bills he said will expand protections for victims of sexual and domestic violence while bolstering penalties for educational institutions and law enforcement agencies that look the other way.

04/28/2012

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