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Florida Department of Children and Families

Hotline Ignored Calls On Girl Thrown Over Bridge By Dad: Report

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 02.09.2015 | Crime

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Just 12 hours before police say a man threw his 5-year-old daughter to her death off a Tampa Bay bridge last month, his...

Deaths, Abuse and Alleged Rapes: How Lax Oversight Endangers Florida's -- and the Nation's -- Children

Art Levine | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Art Levine

Is Florida the most dangerous places in the country for children with disabilities, behavioral disorders or the sheer misfortune to be born into abusive families? That could well be the case, based on a series of troubling investigative reports.

Florida Agency Hid 30 Child Deaths During Newspaper Investigation

Miami Herald | Carol Marbin Miller | Posted 06.02.2014 | Miami

At 2 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2013, a Riviera Beach mom woke up to find her newborn baby’s lips were purple. Blood and milk oozed from the girl’s nose. Sh...

How Florida's Decisions Killed Children

Miami Herald | CAROL MARBIN MILLER AND AUDRA D.S. BURCH | Posted 03.16.2014 | Miami

Fraternal twins Tariji and Tavont’ae Gordon were born together but died two years, eight months and 24 days apart. One was buried in a potter’s fi...

3-Year-Old Boy Tortured To Death, Police Say

Posted 01.25.2014 | Miami

A North Miami toddler's lifeless body told a tale of torture so harrowing it made a seasoned detective emotional. Little Ghanson Debrosse, 3, was ...

Rick Scott Touts Funding For Child Welfare Services He Previously Slashed

Posted 01.25.2014 | Miami

It appears Rick Scott would like everyone to forget about that time he prioritized jobs over vulnerable children. When Florida's Republican govern...

Florida Governor Blasted For Deaths Of 40 Children

Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami

South Florida Democrats fired a stinging rebuke at Gov. Rick Scott (R) Thursday, holding him responsible for the deaths of 40 children who were known ...

Did Florida Fail This Foster Family?

Sun Sentinel | Marc Freeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami

When the 10-year-old foster child arrived in late summer 2002, he came with tremendous baggage: Sexually molested as a toddler; raised in poverty and ...

Florida's Child Welfare Agencies Deserve a Fair Review of Kristina Hepp Case

Kurt Kelly | Posted 10.23.2013 | Miami
Kurt Kelly

The July 9 editorial, "When Foster Care Becomes Fatal," detailed the tragic death of Kristina Hepp but got several important details wrong.

Did Cops Damage The Bones?

Sun Sentinel | Mike Clary | Posted 05.01.2013 | Miami

As investigators gathered around, a tiny skeleton that may solve the mystery of a missing Hallandale Beach boy was laid out on the laboratory table, a...

SENTENCED

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 04.14.2013 | Miami

MIAMI — A woman who once cared for missing foster child Rilya Wilson was sentenced Tuesday to 55 years in prison for kidnapping and child-abuse ...

Verdict Back In Rilya Wilson Case

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 03.27.2013 | Miami

MIAMI -- A former caretaker was convicted Friday of child abuse and kidnapping in a 4-year-old foster child's disappearance more than a decade ago, bu...

Will Justice Be Served?

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 03.26.2013 | Miami

MIAMI — Jurors said Thursday they had reached verdicts on child abuse and kidnapping charges but were deadlocked on a murder count against a wom...

REVEALED: What DCF And Police Knew About Missing Baby

Posted 01.15.2013 | Miami

Dontrell Melvin, a Fort Lauderdale baby last seen July 2011, may have been already decomposing in his parents' backyard as police and child service of...

UPDATED: Disturbing Failure In Missing Toddler Case

Posted 03.02.2013 | Miami

Child protection investigators responded to a neglect case at a Florida home Wednesday night and found only two children where there was supposed to b...

Janie Campbell

'Disgust': State Pulls Funded Programs For Poor Families

HuffingtonPost.com | Janie Campbell | Posted 07.31.2014 | Miami

It was a no-brainer. With approximately 1 in 6 residents on food stamps -- increasingly, children -- Florida is struggling with a deep-rooted pove...

DCF Investigators Getting Raises

Posted 03.12.2012 | Miami

Investigators in the oft-criticized Florida Department of Children and Families are expected to receive pay raises with the passage of two bills desig...

House Wants To Cut $2.3 Million From Homeless

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 03.08.2012 | Miami

In the Florida House of Representatives' proposed budgets for the upcoming year, homeless programs may be out of luck. The chair of the Health Care...

'Auschwitz' In Our Back Yard

Posted 04.20.2012 | Miami

"The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children," declared Dietrich Bonhoffer, an influential German Lutheran theologian hange...

Nubia Barahona: New Case Docs Reveal More Frustrated Attempts To Help

Posted 12.09.2011 | Miami

Police reports and interviews released Thursday by Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle detail yet another instance in which adults co...

Casey Anthony Failed To Protect Caylee: Child Welfare Agency

AP | Posted 10.11.2011 | Crime

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A new report by Florida's child welfare agency says Casey Anthony failed to protect her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. The Depa...