child welfare http://wlrn.org en Why Florida's Immigrant Children Must Wait Five Years For Health Care http://wlrn.org/post/why-floridas-immigrant-children-must-wait-five-years-health-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Florida, children who were born outside the United States -- and live here lawfully -- have to wait five years to qualify for the subsidized health care program known as Florida </span>KidCare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, are sponsoring legislation to drop the five-year waiting period.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The law made its third trip to the legislature this year, and will get its first hearing in the Senate committee Tuesday.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:38:46 +0000 Julia Duba 29705 at http://wlrn.org Why Florida's Immigrant Children Must Wait Five Years For Health Care Miami Herald Series Prompts Changes To Florida Child-Welfare Legislation http://wlrn.org/post/miami-herald-series-prompts-changes-florida-child-welfare-legislation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Miami Herald series </span><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/projects/2014/innocents-lost/stories/overview/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">“Innocents Lost” may lead to more changes at DCF</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – Florida’s Department of Children and Families.</span></p><p>The Herald investigation chronicles the deaths of hundreds of children under DCF’s watch.</p><p>Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, is one of the state leaders charged with overseeing DCF as chair of the Senate Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:32:12 +0000 Gina Jordan 29730 at http://wlrn.org Miami Herald Series Prompts Changes To Florida Child-Welfare Legislation Florida's DCF Launches New Child-Safety Program http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-dcf-launches-new-child-safety-program <div>Days after a Miami Herald investigation documented 477 child-abuse deaths on the agency's watch, Florida's Department of Children and Families is launching a new child-safety program. It's advice for busy parents who may not be too careful about who takes care of their children. Click to hear Rick Stone's radio story.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:39:09 +0000 Rick Stone 29430 at http://wlrn.org Florida's DCF Launches New Child-Safety Program Scott Wants $40 Million Increase For Child Protection http://wlrn.org/post/scott-wants-40-million-increase-child-protection <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In the wake of a wave of children's deaths last year, Gov. Rick Scott is calling on the Florida Legislature to include about $40 million in additional money for child protection in the next state budget, the governor announced Tuesday in Miami.<br /><br />Scott's budget proposal includes nearly $32 million for the state Department of Children and Families for child protective investigations and $8 million for six Florida sheriff's offices that handle such investigations.<br /> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:58:43 +0000 Margie Menzel -- News Service of Florida 26485 at http://wlrn.org Scott Wants $40 Million Increase For Child Protection It Won't Take Just Money To Reduce Florida's Abused-Child Deaths, Reps Say http://wlrn.org/post/it-wont-take-just-money-reduce-floridas-abused-child-deaths-reps-say <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an outdoor press conference on Fort Lauderdale's </span>Sistrunk<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Boulevard, in front of a large Christmas tree, State Rep. Perry Thurston urged </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Scott to provide sufficient funding for the Florida Department of Children and Families.</span></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:51:40 +0000 Rick Stone 25451 at http://wlrn.org It Won't Take Just Money To Reduce Florida's Abused-Child Deaths, Reps Say Florida Senate Panel Wants To Stop 'Rehoming' Of Children http://wlrn.org/post/florida-senate-panel-wants-stop-rehoming-children <p></p><p>A Florida Senate committee has approved a bill cracking down on parents who illegally put their children up for adoption.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The practice often involves children who were adopted from other countries.</span></p><p>It's called "rehoming," and it puts kids into new families -- for free.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The kids are typically offered for adoption on the Internet by parents who just don’t want them anymore.</span></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:30:25 +0000 Gina Jordan 25224 at http://wlrn.org Florida Senate Panel Wants To Stop 'Rehoming' Of Children Advancing The Rights Of At-Risk Children http://wlrn.org/post/advancing-rights-risk-children <p></p><p>09/05/13 - Thursday's&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a> begins with attorney <a href="http://www.floridaschildrenfirst.org/?p=715">Howard Talenfeld</a>.&nbsp; He specializes in children’s and elderly rights, and is the founding President of <strong><a href="http://www.floridaschildrenfirst.org/">Florida’s Children First</a></strong>, an advocacy group which monitors the treatment of Florida’s at-risk children and the delinquency system.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And more.&nbsp; <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer">Linda </a></strong></span><strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer">Gassenheimer’s</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Food &amp; Dining with TV’s Anne Burrell, the host of “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Topical Currents</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Thursday at 1pm on <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/wlrn">WLRN-HD1</a></strong>, rebroadcast at 7pm on <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/wlrn-hd2">WLRN-HD2</a></strong>.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 20095 at http://wlrn.org Advancing The Rights Of At-Risk Children Florida Deaths Raise Questions About Child Welfare System http://wlrn.org/post/florida-deaths-raise-questions-about-child-welfare-system Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee, Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we talk with actor Ziyi Zhang about her latest film "The Grandmaster," and women in kung fu. That's in a moment. But we start our program today in Florida. At least 20 children who were on the radar of child protective services have died there since April, that's according to an investigation by the Miami Herald. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:30:08 +0000 19437 at http://wlrn.org