DCF In Denial Over Its Failed Policy

By Health News Florida Staff

Tricky Ricky

“Innocents Lost,” a stunning Miami Herald series, recently described how 477 children died from abuse or neglect even though the Florida Department of Children and Families had already been warned they were in danger.

The response by Gov. Rick Scott and DCF interim Secretary Esther Jacobo […]

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Florida’s Undercount Of Child Abuse Deaths

The state says abuse and neglect deaths are receding after a spike. But are they? And, if so, by how much? A closer look at the numbers.

By Carol Marbin Miller and Audra D.S. Burchcmarbin@miamiherald.comPublished March 22, 2014

Nubia Barahona was found on Valentine’s Day in the flatbed of a pest-control truck. She […]

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DCF Investigators Stymied By Their Own Lawyers

By AUDRA D.S. BURCH and CAROL MARBIN MILLER

Miami Herald March 16, 2014

Cindy Bizier in the house where her grandson Aidan died in a fire on March 13, 2009.

Cindy Bizier fretted incessantly about her grandson’s care, worried the boy would chase his yellow dump truck into the street or burn himself […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Petitioning Esther Jacobo For Full Investigation Into DCF Florida

Dear Esther Jacobo:

Robin K. Jensen

 

Thank you for your time and consideration into this matter. I am sure after your review of this case, you will see a pattern of lies and manipulation on the part of Ms.Robin K. Jensen Lawyer for DCF in Sarasota Florida.

I also ask that […]

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Editorials: On Giving DCF More Funding

We hope state lawmakers get serious about fixing problems in the Department of Children and Families. Protecting vulnerable children should be the priority of any society and an essential function of government.

The department’s failure has come to light with the horrifying news of the deaths of children who should have been protected by […]

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Foster Care Children, Now Grown, Tell Their Stories

The Calizaire sisters lived with countless families, and say they were abused by some of their foster care parents

Sophia and Princess Calizaire were introduced to foster care when they were seen wandering the streets looking for their mother, who had left them alone in a South Florida motel.

“We heard […]

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