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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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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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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