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A bill building on Florida’s anti-human trafficking efforts is now heading to both the House and Senate floors.

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A bill requiring Florida schools to teach about the dangers of human trafficking is starting to advance in the Senate.

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The Florida Senate has unanimously passed a bill making it easier for foster care kids to obtain a driver’s license as well as car insurance.

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A Northwest Florida county may be the first in the Panhandle to take over the child protective investigative services—normally done by the state’s child welfare agency. Walton County could join six other counties across Florida—under a bill starting to move in the legislature.

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Bills to help some of the state’s most vulnerable Floridians as well as youthful offenders have passed their first Senate committee.

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A bill further compensating a surviving child of an abusive adoptive home is starting to move in the Florida Senate.

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The first black President of the United States is a good role model and a good father. That’s according to the head of Florida’s child welfare agency, who spoke during a recent Black History Month celebration.

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The head of Florida’s child welfare system says it will most likely be about a month before he will have a preliminary report ready for state lawmakers about Nakia Venant. She’s the Miami teenager in foster care who committed suicide live on Facebook last month.

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A Florida lawmaker is hoping a claims bill to further compensate a child abuse victim will pass the state legislature for 2017. This will be the fourth year the measure comes before lawmakers.

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In the last year, there were nearly 200,000 child abuse, neglect, or abandonment investigations in Florida. One organization aims to help parents and others involved with children not only identify potential risk factors, but also give them the tools to avoid such behaviors.

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The head of Florida’s child welfare agency is defending a human trafficking tool used by his agency and some others. His remarks follow a report released months ago that questions the tool’s effectiveness.

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A new report states a human trafficking tool used among some state agencies may not be that effective.

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A longstanding dispute over emergency medical care for undocumented immigrants is back in the courts. The First District Court of Appeal heard oral arguments Tuesday.

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One of the many focuses of this year’s upcoming Human Trafficking Summit may be on Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT community.

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How did children-related issues fare during this past legislative session? While some Florida agency heads say it was a good one, others call it a mixed bag.

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A number of agency leaders honored Republican Senator Nancy Detert Wednesday. The Florida lawmaker is a well-known child advocate in the Florida Legislature.

Florida Channel

As Florida’s Human Trafficking Council continues working to combat modern day slavery, some members say they’re frustrated with how long it’s taking to implement solutions.

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The Florida Legislature has passed a number of claims bill, sending them onto the Governor. But, some lawmakers are upset one claims bill to compensate a surviving child of abuse did not survive the legislative process.

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Since the 1970s, the hard on crime ethos has fueled the era of mass incarceration. Simultaneously, the country defunded public mental health services. A ballooning criminal justice system came in to fill that vacuum. Now the Florida Legislature is poised to reform the way mental illness is handled in that system.

Lawmakers Poised To Pass Child Welfare Bills

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After a spate of child deaths in Florida, the Department of Children and Families is doubling down on child welfare reforms. Now state lawmakers are poised to pass a suite of bills to bolster that effort.

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Three child care bills are moving in the House. One would tighten requirements for child care workers. 

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Helping young human trafficking victims and making sure juveniles get the help they need are among the legislative goals of two state agencies that deal with children.

Florida Channel

The head of Florida’s child welfare system gained unanimous approval during his initial Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

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Florida lawmakers want to reform the way the state deals with substance abuse and mental health issues. One legislator hopes her recent appointment to an advisory council will help with that effort.

Governor Rick Scott says he wants an additional about $23 million to fund Florida’s child welfare agency—under scrutiny recently for its involvement in two high profile child abuse deaths.

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