Audit Details DCF Management Issues

BOSTON — Describing a foster care system rife with problems that could lead “risks to become realities,” Auditor Suzanne Bump released a critical review of the state’s foster care agency on Wednesday, stating that “significant management deficiencies” led to undocumented background checks on foster parents and poor oversight of medical treatment for children in […]


Former DCF worker fights to keep girl she allegedly paid woman for 3 years ago


A Brevard County girl’s future is uncertain after the Department of Children and Families worker who was supposed to be protecting her took her home instead.

There’s a battle brewing between the employee and the little girl’s family over who gets to keep her.

DCF child protection investigator, Nicole Kemp, […]


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 […]