Child Deaths Kept Off The Books At DCF

By CAROL MARBIN MILLER

cmarbin@MiamiHerald.comJune 1, 2014

 

At 2 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2013, a Riviera Beach mom woke up to find her newborn baby’s lips were purple. Blood and milk oozed from the girl’s nose. She had stopped breathing.

The baby, authorities say, likely was accidentally smothered to death by her [...]

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The profound Urgency Of DCF Reform

Carl Hiaasen: By Carl Hiaasen chiaasen@MiamiHerald.com

With much chest-thumping, Gov. Rick Scott last week signed a law clipping auto-tag fees by about $25 per vehicle in Florida. He used the opportunity to blast former Gov. Charlie Crist for raising those fees five years ago.

What Scott cynically failed to mention during the bill-signing charade [...]

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DCF Investigators Stymied By Their Own Lawyers

By AUDRA D.S. BURCH and CAROL MARBIN MILLER

Miami Herald March 16, 2014

Cindy Bizier in the house where her grandson Aidan died in a fire on March 13, 2009.

Cindy Bizier fretted incessantly about her grandson’s care, worried the boy would chase his yellow dump truck into the street or burn himself [...]

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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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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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Scott Seeks $31 Million Bump In DCF Funding For Child Protection

Gov. Scott to propose increased funds for child protection By Mary Ellen Klas Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

“Editor’s Note: We believe the constant flow of federal funding is the very reason that CPS is so corrupt. They are ALREADY taking/stealing children for baseless reasons and destroying families each and every day. A pay increase and [...]

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Mom gets children; DCF gets skewered

By Carol Marbin Miller cmarbin@MiamiHerald.com

A young Miami mom was stripped of the right to raise her four children. The father of the youngest child was allowed to keep the girl.

Just another day in child-welfare court.

But then a child welfare judge in Miami discovered information that troubled him: A social worker who [...]

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Florida Pays $800K To Fix Governor’s Mansion

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Did you know your hard-earned tax dollars are paying for upgrades at Gov. Rick Scott’s Tallahassee mansion? Gov. Scott has repeatedly pledged to slash government spending since his 2010 election yet more than $800,000 has been spent for substantial improvements to the Greek Revival mansion where he and his wife live.

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Boy Sues DCF For Negligence

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Attorneys representing a nine-year old boy have filed a lawsuit in Broward County against Florida’s Department of Children and Families, claiming negligence and culpable negligence.  They said that DCF, “swept the family’s case under the rug,” which lead to a deadly rampage in February 2012.

As a victim the boy’s name is [...]

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U.S. Sues Florida Over Disabled Children In Nursing Homes

MIAMI – The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Florida on Monday, accusing the state of unnecessarily keeping about 200 disabled children in nursing homes and cutting services that would allow them to receive care at home. Once they do get to the facility, federal officials said many stay for years, some [...]

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