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.
Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Esther Jacobo Jim sits down for an extensive one-one interview with the DCF Interim Secretary to cover a variety of topics, including the developments and fallout after the recent Miami Herald investigative series “Innocents Lost”.
Lawmakers' Focus On Child Protection Gains Momentum A Florida House panel approved a potentially groundbreaking child-protection measure Tuesday, designed to upgrade the effectiveness, professionalism and transparency of a state agency under fire after a series of children's deaths.
Lawmakers Grapple With Changing The Culture At DCF Both chambers of the Legislature took up child-welfare reform Tuesday, hearing from a wide range of experts with research about staff turnover and caseloads.
Mother Charged With Torturing Son To Death Enters Not Guilty PleaThe attorney for the mother of a three-year-old boy, who police say was tortured before he was found dead, has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of aggravated child abuse.
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.
Autopsy Released Of 3-Year-Old Found Dead In Mother's Home The newly released autopsy report of a 3-year old found dead in his mother's home could lead to more charges being filed against his mother who police say tortured her son to death.
More Charges Expected Against Mother Charged In Son's DeathMore charges could be filed against a woman who police say tortured her 3-year old son to death.
CBS4 Investigates: Mother Of Dead Child Has History With DCFThe lifeless body of a three-year-old boy, who was allegedly tortured by his own mother, has shocked many facets of the community, including veterans of the North Miami Police Department that are investigating the case.
Gov. Scott: Boost Spending To Prevent Child Abuse In response to a string of child-abuse related deaths in the State of Florida, Governor Rick Scott wants to hire more than 400 additional investigators in the coming year—an effort that will cost millions.
Florida Senate Takes Next Step Toward DCF ReformFlorida Senate President Don Gaetz on Monday took the next step toward reforming the state Department of Children and Families by asking the author of a white paper to address a Senate panel on how to improve the agency's approach to child safety.
Report Blasts State Over Child Abuse DeathsThere’s a scathing new report out regarding the state’s efforts to prevent child abuse deaths across Florida.
Red Flags Missed In Florida Toddler's Death Child abuse caseworkers failed to take action on a number of “red flags” that might have prevented the death of a 3-year old Southwest Florida boy Saturday.
DCF Moves To Implement Group's Child Safety Recs Florida’s Department of Children and Families, with at least 20 child deaths reported since April, is working on implementing a new approach to child safety—aiming at a more proactive method of ensuring children in harms way are protected--before it's too late.
Fla. Legislature Could Crack Down On Sexually Violent PredatorsThe Florida Legislature is poised to strengthen the Jimmy Ryce Act, named for a Miami-Dade County boy who was raped and murdered in 1995, after the high-profile killing of a Jacksonville girl this summer and a newspaper series showing the state isn't doing enough to prevent sexually violent predators from striking again.