By Health News Florida Staff
The state departments that are supposed to protect children and mentally-retarded inmates are being challenged in the wake of incidents that led to preventable deaths.
State Sen. Eleanor Sobel
First, State Sen. Eleanor Sobel accused the Department of Children and Families (DCF) of a “cover-up and a whitewash” […]
Peter Schorsch: is a political consultant and new media publisher based in St. Petersburg. Column courtesy of Context Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott deserves some credit for being one of the loudest critics of the Obama administration’s handling of the scandal at the Veterans Administration.
Last week, Scott announced that Florida […]
By CAROL MARBIN MILLER
cmarbin@MiamiHerald.comJune 1, 2014
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. She had stopped breathing.
The baby, authorities say, likely was accidentally smothered to death by her […]
The Florida Department of Children and Families’ new secretary promises to take a sharp turn away from the secrecy that has put too many children in danger — and may have cost some their lives.
That’s laudable. But for the sake of abused, neglected and abandoned children across the state, Gov. Rick Scott […]
With a little luck — and a lot of legislative backbone — the children in care of the Department of Children & Families will be better shielded from harm by the time state lawmakers turn out the lights on their two-month session in Tallahassee on Friday.
And if that’s the case, it’s […]
The primary goal of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the safety net that protects young children from abuse, neglect, and abandonment, is straightforward: “Safely stabilizing and preserving families; safely reunifying families; and safely creating new families.” Most would agree that this is a worthwhile objective, but I, and many others who are […]
ORLANDO, Fla. —Officials from Orange County Public Schools, the Department of Children and Families and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office knew of Jennifer Fichter’s alleged misconduct, but state education officials were not notified, allowing Fichter to teach in Polk County.
Fichter was arrested last week after she admitted to a sexual […]
Carl Hiaasen: By Carl Hiaasen chiaasen@MiamiHerald.com
With much chest-thumping, Gov. Rick Scott last week signed a law clipping auto-tag fees by about $25 per vehicle in Florida. He used the opportunity to blast former Gov. Charlie Crist for raising those fees five years ago.
What Scott cynically failed to mention during the bill-signing charade […]