Civil Citation Bill Gets Senate Ok, But Faces House DoubtsA Senate panel Wednesday narrowly approved a proposal that would require police officers to give civil citations to juveniles for some offenses instead of making arrests, but the bill faces an uncertain future in the House.
Senate Offers To Add Support For Kids With DisabilitiesA Senate panel is looking at ways to help Early Steps, a program that serves young children with developmental disabilities and delays.
Senate Moves To Fix Early-Intervention ProgramA Senate panel is looking to help Early Steps, which serves infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays --- and which has been struggling to keep up with the growing demand for its services in Florida.
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.
Lawmakers Seek To Shield Seniors From Shady GuardiansA Southwest Florida lawmaker is renewing a push to better protect elderly Floridians from unscrupulous guardians who take control of seniors' assets.
DCF, Senators Eye Ways To Bolster Child ProtectionThe chief of the Florida Department of Children and Families told lawmakers Thursday his agency is making progress at carrying out reforms but still has a long way to go.
House Leader Casts Doubt On Background-Check BillThe chairman of a key House panel says a controversial bill about background checks for workers at after-school programs won't get a hearing "in its current form" from his committee.
Senators Move To Expand Juvenile Diversion ProgramsA bill that could lead to more juveniles receiving civil citations for misdemeanor crimes, rather than getting arrested, is moving ahead in the Florida Senate.
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.
Bill Seeks To Stop 'Cockroaches' From Preying On SeniorsA Senate panel on Thursday unanimously approved a bill aimed at protecting Florida seniors from predatory "professional guardians," described by one lawmaker as "cockroaches."
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.
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.