Series Of Child Deaths Spur Legislation

Senate proposal does not change investigation limit Mar. 17, 2014

After a series of highly publicized child deaths last year, the House and Senate are taking different approaches to fixing the state child-welfare system — but both are considering ambitious measures that cover a lot of ground.

Both chambers would require more professionalism […]


Children’s Rights lawyer, in 5th year of lawsuit against DCF, says state has long failed to correct system



Sara M. Bartosz, the lead attorney for Children’s Rights representing foster children in a federal class action lawsuit filed years ago against the state, said the Patrick administration was well aware of changes needed within Department of Children and Families to ensure youngsters are cared […]


Florida DCF Caregiver: ‘I will keep speaking’

By JACQUELINE BOSTICK | The New Herald Published: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 18:37 PM.

PANAMA CITY — Worry set in when the boys were 10 minutes late.

Jeanette Best hugs the two boys she is caregiver for at her Panama City home.

“I looked at the clock: ‘Where are the kids,’ […]


Florida DCF Worker Smoked Pot With Teen, Police Say

By Christopher Baldwin Correspondent Published: Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 6:24 p.m.

A state Department of Children and Families employee was arrested Friday after police said he had an inappropriate relationship with a minor whose case he was working that included drug use.

Josiah Robinson Winfrey

After more than a month of correspondence […]


DCF Commissioner Visits Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)– Embattled Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche speaks to staff members in Springfield on Friday.

Commissioner Olga Roche

Roche has come under intense criticism for DCF’s role in losing track of 5-year old Jeremiah Oliver of Fitchburg.

We caught up with Commissioner Roche as she was leaving the […]


DCF wants to return Justina Pelletier to Connecticut

Posted: Feb 28, 2014 11:51 AM EST

BOSTON ( — The Department of Children and Families hopes to return a Connecticut teen at the center of a high-profile custody battle back to her home state.

In a statement to FOX 25 Friday, a DCF spokesperson said the department’s primary goal has […]


DCF Worker Accused Of Falsifying Well-Being Report


Posted: 3:12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Investigators said a 38-year-old woman was supposed to be checking up on some of the most vulnerable victims of child abuse and neglect but instead lied in her paperwork to avoid being fired.

Margaret McCalman

Margaret McCalman told investigators at the Department of […]


Local Lawmakers Grapple With Changing The Culture At DCF

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Both chambers of the Legislature took up child-welfare reform Tuesday, hearing from a wide range of experts with research about staff turnover and caseloads.

But one number stood out: 432, the number of Florida children who died of abuse and neglect in 2012, according to Pam Graham, a social work […]


Five Years After Boy’s Suicide, Findings Could Resurface

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The suicide of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers in foster care shocked the child-welfare system in 2009. It led to a series of recommendations about Florida’s use of psychotropic medications on foster kids and how to protect already-traumatized children from sexual abuse by other abused children.

Gabriel Myers

But nearly five years […]


DCF Wins 5 Million Dollar Adoption Award

By: Department of Children and Families (DCF) Email

Press Release: Department of Children and Families

Tallahassee, Fla.— For the fifth straight year, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) has received an award for going above and beyond to find permanent homes for children. As part of the Federal Adoption […]