State Settles With Family Involving Bell Tragedy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —  The Florida Department of Children and Families has reached a settlement agreement with the families involved in the Bell Tragedy.

 DCF and two other private companies – who provide child welfare services – will dish out a total of $750,000 to the families involved in the 2014 shooting.

 “For […]


Violent Sexual Predators Held Indefinitely – For A Profit

Posted: Jun 09, 2015 8:46 PM EST Updated: Jun 09, 2015 8:46 PM EST Andrea Praegitzer, NBC-2 6/9/15 — ARCADIA, FLa. — There’s only one place in the entire country where violent sexual predators are committed indefinitely that is run by a for-profit company.

It’s in Arcadia, Florida – on the outskirts of town, […]


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 […]


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


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


DCF Worker Under Investigation For Abusing Her Power

Reported by: Catherine Varnum Email: 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 […]