Woman Charged With Falsifying Records

SEBRING — A former family case manager supervisor for a social service agency dealing with foster children and children at risk for neglect or abuse may have falsified records to boost statistics, according to a warrant released Thursday.

Lindsay Bass, 30, 4757 E. Avon Pines Road, Avon Park, was arrested by the Florida […]


DCF Faulted For Oversight Of Privatized Agencies

TALLAHASSEE — Two reports presented to lawmakers recently criticized the Florida Department of Children and Families for poor oversight of the privatized agencies that deliver child-welfare, substance-abuse and mental-health services statewide.

The reports arrived as the Legislature is considering further changes to all those services.

The Florida Office of the Auditor General […]


Former Miami DCF Investigator Arrested For Falsifying Records

Child welfare investigator Shani Smith

Child welfare investigator Shani Smith broke the law when she concocted reports about a Kendall woman who later left her baby son to die in a sweltering car, authorities said.

The allegations against the former Florida Department of Children and Families employee first surfaced in 2013. On Wednesday, she surrendered to face six felony […]


Rick Scott Signs Terrible Law Expanding Florida DCF’s Power

One of the least desirable features of a representative democracy is that often, poorly thought out legislation is rammed through with little thought as a gross overreaction to immediate public outrage. Such is the case with the child welfare law signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott today. The gist of this story […]


CDC’s National Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Is Spying On Kids & Parents

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is using data analysis to identify children and families most at risk, and thus inform how time and money is allocated. When the DCF started this project two years ago, the goal was to see fewer dead children — and that’s what the department says is […]


DCF Must Be Held To Promises

The Florida Department of Children and Families’ new secretary promises to take a sharp turn away from the secrecy that has put too many children in danger — and may have cost some their lives.


That’s laudable. But for the sake of abused, neglected and abandoned children across the state, Gov. Rick Scott […]


Florida Department Of Children And Families Consider yourself Warned

April 11, 2014

Welcome to the Archangels of Justice: Exposing Public  Corruption blog.  We are two veteran investigators who currently are putting together a reality TV show that will be shocking to many of you who have put your trust in the system, law enforcement officers, courts, judges, prosecutors and public institutions.  We […]


The DCF Debacle

Former secretary David Wilkins took a reformed agency backward.

David Wilkins

David Wilkins, former secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, resigned July 18 following the deaths of five toddlers who were under DCF supervision.


Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. Last Modified: […]


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 […]


Woman Sues 3 Sarasota Agencies, Alleging Failure To Protect Her

By Gabrielle Russon gabrielle.russon@heraldtribune.com Published: Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 6:02 p.m. Last Modified: Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 6:02 p.m.

SARASOTA COUNTY – A woman who was sexually abused as a foster child is suing three agencies — including the Sarasota YMCA — alleging that the groups did not protect her from a […]