Mom Of Girl Found Dead Accused Of Abusing 5 Kids For YearsDocuments released by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office revealed child welfare investigators went several times to a home, at times infested with rats and roaches, where a girl was found dead in a freezer. The documents also stated the mother of the girl was accused of beating her five children for years.
DCF Secretary Points To 'System Failure' In Child DeathsFlorida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll told a Senate panel Thursday that the state's child-protection system appears to have failed two children whose bodies were found in recent days.
Scott Urged To Make Interim Secretaries Permanent At DCF, DJJAs he gets ready to start a second term, Gov. Rick Scott will have to choose leaders for the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Child-Welfare Agencies Look To Trim High Staff Turnover A job turnover among case managers who oversee adoptions and foster car is one of the worst problems facing Florida's child-welfare system, advocates say.
Grand Jury Report Sparks Debate On DCF Reforms After Barahona DeathA Miami-Dade grand jury on Tuesday released a report on reforms implemented by Florida's child welfare system after the gruesome death of Nubia Barahona, whose adoptive parents are awaiting trial for her 2011 death.
DCF Rolls Out Site Tracking Child Deaths As Sobel Calls For InvestigationAs the Florida Department of Children and Families rolls out a new website to track child deaths and make them public, the sponsor of a new law aimed at reducing those deaths is calling for an independent investigation into whether the department has been open about some recent fatalities.
Law Offers Health Care To Foster Kids; Outreach QuestionedFormer foster children are eligible for health coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act until they turn 26 years old, but many in Florida don’t know it yet.
Fla. Bill Hiring Lawyers For Foster Youths Passes The Florida Senate passed a bill Friday which would provide attorneys to foster children with special needs.
Senate Panel Approves Major Changes To Child-Welfare System A Senate panel on Tuesday unanimously approved three measures that would make wide-ranging changes to Florida's child-welfare system after a series of highly publicized deaths last year that involved child abuse and neglect.
Focus on South Florida: Florida's Children First17-year-old Brandon Burke is beating the odds, making a difference and going above and beyond anything you could imagine. You'll hear his inspirational story and meet a woman with Florida's Children First who mentors Brandon and hundreds of young people like him.
State Senator Holding Public Meeting On DCF DeathsInterim Department of Children and Families Secretary Esther Jacobo will be among the attendees of a tri-county meeting next week to talk about the multiple recent deaths of children under DCF care.
House Clears Bill For Extended Foster CareA bill that would grant young adults living in foster care to stay longer than 18 has passed the House and is headed to Gov. Rick Scott for approval.
Wife Of RV Massacre Suspect Denied Visitation Of SonThe mother who survived a deadly hostage standoff in Deerfield Beach appeared in Broward family court Friday in an effort to get supervised visits with her surviving child but the judge wouldn’t allow it.
Alleged Family-Killing Father Described By Son As "Monster"He’s a monster; that’s what one of William DeJesus sons called him. DeJesus is accused of stabbing his wife and his two young sons inside a Deerfield Beach RV, leaving his autistic 9 year old dead.