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.
Facing South Florida: A Look At Issues Important To People In South FloridaState Senator Anitere Flores, the chair of the Miami-Dade legislative delegation, will discuss the issues they will work on this year in Tallahassee.
State Officials Say They're Recruiting More Foster FamiliesChild welfare officials say they're recruiting more foster families than ever before.
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.
Lawmakers Eye Reduction In Group Care For Foster KidsAs lawmakers continue efforts to shore up the front lines of Florida's child-protection system, they are also eyeing the back end --- that is, what happens to children who have been removed from family homes due to abuse and neglect.
Gov. Scott's Claim Of Fewer Child Abuse Deaths QuestionedRepublican Gov. Rick Scott repeatedly tells voters that abused and neglected children are safer under his leadership than when his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist was governor, but an Associated Press examination of that claim shows that campaign claim may be an exaggeration.
Florida Child Welfare Organization Selects New CEOChildren's Home Society of Florida has a new CEO in the midst of Florida implementing key changes within its child welfare system.
Florida Turns To Child Development Science To Improve Foster CareFoster parents are one of the keys to reforming Florida's troubled child-welfare system, experts say.
Four Indicted In Death Of Autistic Child A Broward Grand Jury has indicted four people in connection to the death of a 12-year-old autistic girl found dead in her Lauderhill home.
DCF Adds Data To Child Death Transparency WebsiteState child welfare officials recently added five years of data to their new website aimed at improving transparency around child abuse deaths. The site was mandated by the Legislature.
Gov. Scott In Miami To Kick Off Caring For Kids Campaign Governor Rick Scott will kick off his "Caring for Florida's Families" tour in Miami. The tour will highlight new proposals and recent efforts to give the state's children opportunities to succeed. In addition to the early learning and foster care elements, Scott also wants to expand a program that helps parents pay for education services for disabled children.
DCF Appoints Specialist To Help Curb Child Fatalities The Florida Department of Children and Families has appointed its first statewide fatality-prevention specialist, a position created by the department’s new interim secretary, Mike Carroll, earlier this month.
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.
Child Welfare Bill Draws Calls For 'Moral Outrage' & More Funding A Florida Senate panel on Wednesday approved a sweeping child-welfare reform bill amid calls from foster parents to help more children and pleas from providers to fund the changes properly.
Five Years After Boy's Suicide, Findings Could ResurfaceThe suicide of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers in foster care shocked the child-welfare system in 2009. It led to a series of recommendations about Florida’s use of psychotropic medications on foster kids and how to protect already-traumatized children from sexual abuse by other abused children.