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 […]

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Fix Child Welfare Mess, Miami-Dade Lawmakers Told

 

 

By Audra D.S. Burch 

Secretary Esther Jacobo, interim secretary at DCF, seen here at an Aug. 20, 2013, town hall.

aburch@MiamiHerald.com

Speaker after speaker told Miami-Dade’s legislative delegation Monday that fixing Florida’s broken child welfare system requires more resources and better training for those on the frontlines. They asked lawmakers to […]

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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 Worker Fired As Investigation Into Infant’s Death Continues

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The social worker assigned to investigate Catalina Bruno, the woman accused of killing her son after leaving him in the car, has been fired.

Catalina-Bruno

Catalina Bruno was being investigated by the Department of Children and Families after a crash last November which left her, with her infant son Bryan […]

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