OC Public Schools, Sheriff’s Office, DCF Knew Of Teacher’s Alleged Misconduct

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.

Jennifer Fichter's

Fichter was arrested last week after she admitted to a sexual [...]

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Audit: Personal Information For DCF’s Work-From-Home Employees At-Risk

ORLANDO, Fla. —

Posted: 5:49 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014

9 Investigates uncovered a new report that shows the Department of Children and Families may not be doing enough to keep your personal information safe.

WFTV’s Nancy Alvarez spent Monday reading through the extensive audit and found a lot of the concerns fall [...]

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

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —

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, [...]

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DCF Worker Accused Of Falsifying Well-Being Report

ORLANDO, Fla. —

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 [...]

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Barahona Case: How Has Child Welfare System Changed In Three Years?

DCF and court-appointed advocate weigh in on case Dan Corcoran Feb 14, 2014 4 days ago

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – On the third anniversary of the death of then 10-year old Nubia Barahona and the near-death of her brother, Victor, many still criticize a system that could not protect the twin siblings from [...]

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Lawsuits Allege Private Prison Company Covered Up Youth Sex Abuse

 

A pair of recent lawsuits against a private youth prison operator in Florida amplify claims that the company, Youth Services International, has frequently covered up reports that staff sexually abused young people held inside its facilities.

According to a suit filed in October in federal court, the top administrator at one YSI [...]

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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 [...]

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DCF Worker Under Investigation For Abusing Her Power

Reported by: Catherine Varnum Email: cvarnum@ActionNewsJax.com Print Story Published: 1/08 8:27 pm Share Updated: 9:17 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– A Jacksonville Department of Children and Families worker is under investigation, accused of abusing her power.

Carla Mixon’s son is a sixth-grader at Ribault Middle School. Mixon said her husband’s ex-girlfriend who is a DCF [...]

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Report: Tavares DCF Worker Was Drunk, Naked When She Bashed Boyfriend’s Van

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A Lake County Department of Children and Families worker has found herself on the other side of the law, accused of attacking her boyfriend and bashing in the windows of his van while she was drunk and naked.

Tavares police said Tamieka Lewis had been drinking when the bizarre fight [...]

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Karen Shaw Fights Florida Department Of Children And Families Cover Up

10 News Investigators: State wants to take kids of mom who blasts DCF for allowing her kids dangerous psychotropic drugs

 

TAMPA, Fla. – It is a story that might make you angry. The Florida Department of Children and Families is trying to muzzle a mother who is speaking out about the state giving her [...]

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