DCF/COURT NEGLECT OF WILLIAM BISERNI – PART 2

by Jane Gallagher

Family Civil Liberties Union Connecticut Co-director

I am sad to say as I write this story, my sweet son, William Biserni, has not been home with his loving mom and family since October 24, 2014. That is over 860 days my child has not seen the people and the home he […]

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Review Of 250 Reports By DCF Investigators Accused Of Lying Shows 40 Percent Falsified

Caseworkers at the Florida Department of Children and Families are being forced to shoulder nearly unbelievable workloads, leading some to falsify records, according to a new report by an Orlando TV news station.

A single child protection investigator in the (DCF) had at one point 32 cases with 77 accompanying children, show DCF […]

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Miami Mother Demands Answers After Teenage Daughter Found Dead

17-year-old girl was living in DCF group home, woman says By Neki Mohan – Anchor/Reporter

Posted: 5:44 PM, November 16, 2016 Updated: 8:06 PM, November 16, 2016

MIAMI – Police are investigating after a 17-year-old girl was found dead last weekend in Miami.

“I don’t know how she died. I haven’t ID’d her, I […]

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Father Begins Hunger Strike In Response To Alleged Harm Of Children Under DCF Care

By Katie Moore katie.moore@cjonline.com

On Sunday evening, Raymond Schwab sat down to eat a meal of beans, rice, fried plantains and a salad.

He suspects it may be his last meal for awhile. Schwab, whose children have been under the supervision of the Kansas Department for Children and Families for almost a year, […]

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State Settles With Family Involving Bell Tragedy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —  The Florida Department of Children and Families has reached a settlement agreement with the families involved in the Bell Tragedy.

 DCF and two other private companies – who provide child welfare services – will dish out a total of $750,000 to the families involved in the 2014 shooting.

 “For […]

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Kansas Parents Slam DCF For Allegedly Mishandling Cases

WICHITA, Kan. — Kansas parents whose children have been taken from them are slamming the state.

They’re accusing the Department for Children and Families of abusing its power and putting their kids in dangerous homes.

After months of trying to find someone who would listen to their cries for help and calls for change, […]

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Better staff is key to reforming Department of Children and Families

By Times-Union Editorial

The Florida Department of Children and Families has been plagued by controversies in recent years, putting the lives of the state’s most vulnerable children at risk.

Problems came to light most recently through an impressive investigation by the Miami Herald and a grand jury report that led to a massive reform […]

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Woman Charged With Falsifying Records

SEBRING — A former family case manager supervisor for a social service agency dealing with foster children and children at risk for neglect or abuse may have falsified records to boost statistics, according to a warrant released Thursday.

Lindsay Bass, 30, 4757 E. Avon Pines Road, Avon Park, was arrested by the Florida […]

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DCF Faulted For Oversight Of Privatized Agencies

TALLAHASSEE — Two reports presented to lawmakers recently criticized the Florida Department of Children and Families for poor oversight of the privatized agencies that deliver child-welfare, substance-abuse and mental-health services statewide.

The reports arrived as the Legislature is considering further changes to all those services.

The Florida Office of the Auditor General […]

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Former Miami DCF Investigator Arrested For Falsifying Records

Child welfare investigator Shani Smith

Child welfare investigator Shani Smith broke the law when she concocted reports about a Kendall woman who later left her baby son to die in a sweltering car, authorities said.

The allegations against the former Florida Department of Children and Families employee first surfaced in 2013. On Wednesday, she surrendered to face six felony […]

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