Foster Care: Safety net often fails to protect children from dangers of foster care

The primary goal of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the safety net that protects young children from abuse, neglect, and abandonment, is straightforward: “Safely stabilizing and preserving families; safely reunifying families; and safely creating new families.”  Most would agree that this is a worthwhile objective, but I, and many others who are [...]

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Orphaned By Deportation

18-year-old activist fights to bring mother back to US CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Associated Press

MIAMI – He remembers the moment so clearly, the last time he saw his mother on American soil.

Associated Press- Melba Soza greets her son Jose as he arrives in Spain. “I was afraid you would have lost [...]

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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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Foster Care Deaths Are A Failure Of Both Parties So FL Governor Scott Can Rest Easy

Blog postings are by the founder and Executive Director, Kevin Cline, a former foster child. Link below

12/23/2013

Did I say rest easy?

I meant the man should be ashamed of him self but the Democratic Party can join the Republican Party in the dunce corner for those who help keep the status [...]

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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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Lutheran Services And DCF Problems In Lee County Florida

By Marian Scirrotto https://www.facebook.com/marian.scirrotto

7-13-13

We have a serious problem… We have 2 teenage girls that have ran away from DCF in Lee County, The mother is frantic.. They were calling her and letting her know they were safe until the Lee County Sheriff Office got involved today and the mother called and [...]

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DCF Mired In Controversy Over Foster Care Providers

By Carol Marbin Miller

Florida lawmakers

cmarbin@MiamiHerald.com

A decade ago, amid perhaps the worst foster care debacle in state history,

Florida lawmakers transferred all foster care and adoption efforts to private management — hoping local leaders could nurture what the state long could not: a scandal-free child welfare system.

But even as the [...]

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DCF, Child Protective Services In Florida Fails Another Child



Father Of Boy Found Dead In Coral Springs Is Angry With The Child’s Mother

by cbs4marlena

CORAL SPRINGS (CBS4) – The mother of a four-year old boy found dead in a Coral Springs apartment on Monday was arrested on unrelated charges. On Tuesday, the boy’s father expressed anger with the mother of his now-deceased [...]

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Foster Care Traumas To U.S. Senate Committee

Cleveland Native Antwone Fisher Describes Foster Care Traumas To U.S. Senate Committee

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The childhood suffering that Glenville native Antwone Fisher endured under Ohio’s foster care system has already been the subject of a book and Hollywood film. On Tuesday, it was the subject of a U.S. Senate hearing on [...]

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Florida Department of Children and Families Has Failed

Angela Guinn:

So I have to start by saying the Florida Department of Children and Families Has Failed many people through the years…. While they were still HRS they Failed me I was not removed from my home while I was being Sexually abused by my step father while there had been proof [...]

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