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Governor Rick Scott says he wants about $200 million for Florida families who adopt foster kids.

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What did you do during the summers when you were a teenager? Did you play video games? Did you spend your time at the pool or beach? Or perhaps you favored the park?  For 17 local girls, this summer has been all about learning computer science. 

Most of these future coders are in high school, though some are younger. And about half of them are in foster care.  It was a sunny Thursday morning in July when they got to show off all they had learned in the six-week college readiness camp, four of which were focused on data and computational science. 

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A preliminary hearing was held Thursday in the case of Naika Venant, the 14-year-old girl who broadcast her suicide on Facebook Live  from her Miami Gardens foster home earlier this year. It was the second suicide of a teenager in foster care overseen by the agency Our Kids in less than 60 days. In December, 16-year-old Lauryn Martin hanged herself with a scarf in her room at the Florida Keys Children's Shelter on Plantation Key.

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The Florida House is taking steps to ensure foster kids can get their driver’s license.

Foster kids are closer to getting their Keys to Independence, following a subcommittee meeting Wednesday.

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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11/13/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the Kids in Distress program, guided by the Community Foundation of Broward.  It operates in Broward and Palm Beach counties—the area’s largest foster care licensing agency.

Sen. Detert: Lawmakers Will Fix Extended Foster Care

Sep 23, 2014
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  The sponsor of Florida's 2013 law extending foster care to age 21 is working on a legislative fix to resolve confusion about which state agency is responsible for severely disabled young adults in the program.

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, is meeting with children's advocates and service providers about the issue, which involves whether the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities or the Department of Children and Families should pay for disabled people in foster care between ages 18 and 22.

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For more than a year, the Miami Herald dug through Department of Children & Families records and police reports to find out how and why nearly 500 children died over the past six years after falling through the Florida Department of Children & Families’ protective net.  

The investigative series, Innocents Lost, uncovered the disturbing stories and found that the agency had embraced a family preservation philosophy without ensuring all the necessary social services were in place to keep children safe in troubled homes.  

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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.