Department of Children and Families

Spike In Number Of Florida Children In Foster Care

Jul 24, 2015
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The Department of Children and Families licensed nearly 1,400 new foster care homes last year.

There are now more than 4,800 providers statewide, caring for roughly 10,000 kids at any given time.

The net number of new foster parents is 211.

Each year, more foster families are needed as others end up adopting children or have other changes in their life situation making them no longer able to do the job.

DCF spokesperson Michelle Glady says foster kids who are in state care through no fault of their own need families to bring stability to their lives.

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Millions of people around the world are being forced into sex and hard labor. It's even happening here. 

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Both the U.S. and Cuba have relaxed travel restrictions so family visits are easier and more money is flowing to the island nation, so what’s next?  

NPR Morning Edition host David Greene joins us after spending a week in Cuba, talking with government officials, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers and fishermen.

MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Join the Miami Herald and WLRN-Miami Herald News for a town hall on how to fix the child welfare system at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Doral headquarters of the Herald. Learn more at MiamiHerald.com.

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In its Innocents Lost series, the Miami Herald painstakingly details how 477 children were killed over a period of six years--despite documented warnings to the state Department of Children and Families. Now, leaders in Tallahassee are calling for child welfare reforms.

The End Of FCAT

Mar 21, 2014

This spring, students will be taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test for the last time. We look at what's ahead.  

Leaders in Tallahassee call child welfare reforms a priority for this legislative session after a Miami Herald investigation into the Department of Children and Families.  

El Salvador has a new president, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, a former guerilla. Washington worries the new leader could move closer to Venezuela.

DCF, Shakespeare And The Lieutenant Governor

Jan 20, 2014
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On The Florida Roundup: After a nine-month vacancy, Gov. Rick Scott picks a new lieutenant governor.  Miami-Dade property appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera becomes the first Hispanic to hold the position.   

The governor’s other announcement this week was a $40 million increase for the Department of Children and Families and child abuse investigations, after the deaths of dozens of children who had contact with the agency. But is money the issue? Or the constant turnover in who leads DCF, which still has an interim secretary?

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A Florida Senate committee has approved a bill cracking down on parents who illegally put their children up for adoption.

The practice often involves children who were adopted from other countries.

It's called "rehoming," and it puts kids into new families -- for free. The kids are typically offered for adoption on the Internet by parents who just don’t want them anymore.

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09/05/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with attorney Howard Talenfeld.  He specializes in children’s and elderly rights, and is the founding President of Florida’s Children First, an advocacy group which monitors the treatment of Florida’s at-risk children and the delinquency system. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining with TV’s Anne Burrell, the host of “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.” That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

 

    

A Miami Herald investigation uncovers another 16 children who died in recent months even though their families were involved with the Department of Children and Families.  

"Is anybody here not outraged?" demanded one foster parent at a recent town hall, where a group of lawmakers heard from the public and received blame as well. 

Also, in just two months, Floridians are supposed to be able to shop for health insurance as part of Obamacare. But Florida Governor Rick Scott is now worried about the privacy of patient information.

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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. And the question of course is, why and how do we stop more deaths from occurring?

Town Hall On Child Deaths: 'Is Anbody Here Not Outraged?'

Aug 21, 2013
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With lawmakers from Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties on hand, hundreds of people turned out Tuesday night for a town-hall meeting about an epidemic of deaths in recent months that has rocked the state's child-welfare system.

At DCF, An Untold Epidemic Of Abuse, Neglect And Death

Aug 19, 2013
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On the day before she died, Jewel Re’nee Howard sat on the porch, in her grandmother’s lap, having her hair twisted into ponytails made pretty with pink and purple beads. She played outside the home with neighborhood children, ate noodles, talked and giggled, as she had so many days before, about her dream of becoming a princess.

Less than 15 hours later, Jewel was dead — her liver torn and mangled, ribs crushed, her tiny body bruised and bleeding internally.

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The U.S. Department of Justice charges that Florida denies fragile, disabled children any option but nursing homes.

Timeline Of Deaths Leading Up To DCF Leader's Resignation

Jul 26, 2013
Miami Herald

David Wilkins, Florida's top child welfare and social services administrator resigned July 18 amid an escalating scandal over the recent deaths of four small children who had a history of involvement with child-abuse investigators.

Read more of the original Tampa Bay Times article here

TIMELINE: DCF DEATH CASES

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