Clash Over After-School Programs Coming BackA clash over the state's oversight of children's after-school programs is headed back to the Legislature, as lawmakers and agency heads plan hearings for the 2016 session about licensure and background checks.
State Leaders Look To Pass Mental Health Reform In 2016As they reviewed legislative issues affecting children, lawmakers and state agency heads said this week they will push again in 2016 for two key bills that died in the abrupt end to this spring's regular session.
Exclusive: Surveillance Tape Shows Mom Accused Of Abandoning Baby After Taking FlakkaNew surveillance tape shows some disturbing images of a disoriented mother wandering aimlessly through a Dunkin Donuts parking lot in Boynton Beach after police say she abandoned her baby girl nearby. They said she had admitted to taking the synthetic drug “flakka” the night before.
DCF Review Finds Fault In Handling Hollywood Boy Abuse ClaimsThe department of children and families calls the death of 3 year old Ahziya Osceola Heartbreaking and inexcusable
DCF Faulted For Oversight Of Privatized AgenciesTwo reports presented to lawmakers last week criticized the Florida Department of Children and Families for poor oversight of the privatized agencies that deliver child-welfare, substance-abuse and mental-health services statewide.
Florida Bill Would Let Adoption Agencies Refuse Gay CouplesA bill, ready for a House vote, would allow private adoption agencies to use religious and/or moral reasons to deny gay couples wanting to adopt children.
Food Stamp Debit Cards Expire SoonThere’s not much time before the state’s food stamp debit cards expire—28 days to be exact.
Siblings Of Toddler Found Dead Placed With RelativesThe siblings of a 3-year old boy found dead inside his family's Hollywood home have been placed with relatives.
Fmr. DCF Investigator Released From JailA former child protective investigator, arrested on charges of official misconduct, was released from jail on Thursday evening.
Fmr. DCF Investigator Arrested On Misconduct ChargesA former child protective investigator is under arrest on charges of official misconduct related to a case where a child died after he was left in a hot car.
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.
Police: Pregnant Florida Woman Charged With Drunken Driving A pregnant Florida woman was charged with drunk driving in her SUV with her two 18-month old children inside.
Senators Clash Over Exemptions From Child-Care LicensingA bill that would make clear national groups like the Boys and Girls Clubs are exempt from Florida licensing requirements is stalled in a legislative committee, sparking a clash between two state senators.
Senate To Consider New Health ExchangeLooking for ways to expand health-care coverage, a Senate committee next week is slated to consider a wide-ranging proposal that would set up a new insurance-exchange program, according to documents filed Thursday.
Florida Child Welfare Agency Tackles Baby Sleep DeathsThe Department of Children and Families is giving away 2,000 wearable blankets to families to try and prevent unsafe sleeping deaths.