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 […]

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Florida’s Undercount Of Child Abuse Deaths

The state says abuse and neglect deaths are receding after a spike. But are they? And, if so, by how much? A closer look at the numbers.

By Carol Marbin Miller and Audra D.S. Burchcmarbin@miamiherald.comPublished March 22, 2014

Nubia Barahona was found on Valentine’s Day in the flatbed of a pest-control truck. She […]

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Series Of Child Deaths Spur Legislation

Senate proposal does not change investigation limit Mar. 17, 2014

After a series of highly publicized child deaths last year, the House and Senate are taking different approaches to fixing the state child-welfare system — but both are considering ambitious measures that cover a lot of ground.

Both chambers would require more professionalism […]

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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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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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