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.
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.
Florida Legislator Wants To Repeal Cohabitation Law A South Florida lawmaker want to make it officially legal for unmarried couples to live together.
Lawmakers Look To Increase Adoptions Of Foster KidsA new bill meant to increase adoptions of foster kids in Florida unanimously passed its first panel on Thursday.
As Outrage Grows Over Child Deaths, Lawmakers Talk Money Legislative leaders are responding to public outrage over a series of child deaths in Florida last year --- and not just in the policy arena. They're also talking about spending more money on the state's troubled child-welfare system.
Child Welfare Bills Differ, But Both Chambers Offer Ambitious Response To Deaths After a series of highly publicized child deaths last year, the House and Senate are taking different approaches to fixing the state child-welfare system -- but both are considering ambitious measures that cover a lot of ground.
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.
Senate Bill Could Help Hand Car Keys To Kids In Foster Care A bill that would give teens and young adults in foster care greater access to driver's licenses unanimously passed its first Senate panel on Tuesday.