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 [...]
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, [...]
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 told investigators at the Department of [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]