DCF, Senators Eye Ways To Bolster Child ProtectionThe chief of the Florida Department of Children and Families told lawmakers Thursday his agency is making progress at carrying out reforms but still has a long way to go.
House Leader Casts Doubt On Background-Check BillThe chairman of a key House panel says a controversial bill about background checks for workers at after-school programs won't get a hearing "in its current form" from his committee.
Judge Slams DCF After Kids Walk Away From FacilityA Miami-Dade Juvenile Court judge was severely critical of the state's Department of Children and Families, and two of its contractors, during a Monday morning hearing over what needs to be done with five siblings who walked away from a child services facility last week and were missing for 20 hours before being found at a relative's house.
Settlement Could Offer More Options For People With Mental IllnessFlorida's Department of Children and Families settled a lawsuit between Disability Rights Florida, in part by providing more options for people with mental illness like having them live in communities as opposed to state hospitals.
CBS4 Exclusive: Court Docs Reveal New Info In Death Of Coral Springs MotherCBS4 News has obtained copies of seven search warrants filed in Broward County Court regarding the death of a Coral Springs mother, Magdalena Weich.
Scott Signs Executive Order Tracking Mental Health ServicesAs the state Department of Children and Families convened its annual child-protection summit Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order aimed at better coordinating mental health services --- something DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said will help his agency provide improved care for children.
Lawmakers To Look At Group Homes For Foster KidsLawmakers and the Florida Department of Children and Families are looking to increase accountability and improve standards at group homes for foster children.
Smith Renews Debate On After-School Background ChecksA legislative battle over state regulation of after-school programs will return during the 2016 legislative session.
Police Seek Anwers After Body Of Missing Woman Found In Coral SpringsThe Coral Springs Police Department is asking for the public's help in figuring out what happened to a missing woman whose body was discovered in a wooded area near a high school.
Exclusive: BSO Says Couple Busted For Trafficking Drugs With Baby In Hotel RoomDrugs, guns and a baby – that's what the Broward Sheriff's Office said they found inside a Deerfield Beach hotel room on Sunday. Now a man and a woman face serious felony charges of armed drug trafficking and child neglect.
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.
State Officials Say They're Recruiting More Foster FamiliesChild welfare officials say they're recruiting more foster families than ever before.
New Rules Bring Focus To Gay, Transgender Youth In Foster CareAs the state Department of Children and Families considers a new rule governing group homes for foster kids, advocates are pushing to include provisions requiring better treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths who live in such facilities.
South Florida Couple, With Young Kids, Accused Of Running Pot LabA South Florida couple with young children is accused of running a hydroponics lab out of their Westchester home.
Taxpayer Tab In Drug Test Lawsuits Tops $1.5 MillionFlorida taxpayers are on the hook for more than $1.5 million in legal fees --- including nearly $1 million to civil-rights lawyers --- because of Gov. Rick Scott's failed push to force welfare applicants and tens of thousands of state workers to submit to suspicionless drug tests.