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.
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 Passes Bill Requiring Greyhound Injury ReportingThe Florida Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would require greyhound racing tracks and trainers to report injuries to their dogs to the state.
Florida Legislator Wants To Repeal Cohabitation Law A South Florida lawmaker want to make it officially legal for unmarried couples to live together.
Greyhound Injury Bill On Fast TrackA bill that would require reports to be filed with the state about injuries to racing greyhounds could lead the pack of issues when Florida senators start the annual legislative session March 3rd.
Report Shows Lost Chances To Help Slain 5-Year-OldA report released Monday by the Florida Department of Children and Families shows that child-protective officials missed several opportunities to help Phoebe Jonchuck's troubled family or to intervene in the last days of her life.
Reconstituted Child Abuse Death Panel Eyes New LawThe panel charged with reviewing reports of child deaths as part of Florida’s new child welfare law is undergoing changes of it’s own.
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.
Senate Approves Prohibition On Foreign Law In CourtForeign laws would be prohibited in Florida courts, under a bill the Senate sent to the House on Monday.
Fla. Senate Passes Sweeping Child Welfare Bill The Florida Senate passed a bill Friday seeking to reform the child welfare system by adding more than $47 million for services including adding nearly 200 more investigators.
Bill Takes On Unlicensed Health Clinics There is one simple way for a Florida medical clinic to avoid being licensed and undergoing an annual inspection: Don't accept insurance.
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.
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.
Hearing Set In Case About Kids In Nursing Homes A federal judge will hear arguments Sept. 13 about whether a dispute involving disabled children being placed in nursing homes should become a class-action lawsuit.