Florida Department of Children and Families

flcadr.com

The local and statewide panels tasked with reviewing child abuse death cases is holding a summit next month to bring them all together.

Florida Guardian ad Litem

Governor Rick Scott recently signed bills aimed at changing Florida’s guardianship laws. One relates to helping the exploited elderly and another aims to help developmentally disabled kids aging out of Florida’s foster care system.

Florida Channel

Among the more than 40 bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law Thursday is a measure building on past child welfare reforms.

MGN Online

A bill that builds on past reforms to revamp Florida’s troubled child welfare agency is now headed to the Governor.

Florida Channel

A couple of measures aimed at helping Florida’s most vulnerable are now heading to the Senate floor, after passing their last committee Monday.

Florida Department of Children and Families

“Early education is invaluable;” that’s the message driven home at the Business Leaders Luncheon, held as part of the 20th Annual Children’s Week, which helps child advocacy groups highlight their agendas.

Florida Channel

Two bills aimed at building on past reforms to revamp Florida’s child welfare system plagued by child abuse deaths are now heading to the House floor, after passing their last committee Thursday.

Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) leading a hearing Wednesday on mental health and substance abuse issues.
Florida Channel

Florida lawmakers are looking into reforms related to mental health and substance abuse issues and how it relates to the state’s child welfare system.

Florida Channel

A bill that would help identify guardians and guardian advocates for children with developmental disabilities aging out of foster care passed its first committees this week.

Gerry Glynn is the Chief Legal Officer for Community Based Care of North Florida. But, before that, he worked as a law professor and child advocate in 2009. In that role, Glynn says he chaired a committee reviewing the tragic death of a young man by the name of Regis Little.

Florida Channel

A panel of Florida lawmakers got an update Tuesday on a report, detailing what led to the tragic death of a little girl last month.

In early January, Phoebe Jonchuck’s father allegedly threw her from a bridge during what appears to be a psychotic episode. A detailed report shows the state’s abuse hotline missed two opportunities, warning of Phoebe’s father mental state. And, Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll says he’s now looking into a number of areas to improve—like tracking the number of screened out calls.

Family of Phoebe Jonchuck's Facebook

In less than a week, officials will publish a state report asking whether the tragic death of a little girl last month could have been prevented as part of an investigation. But, a panel of lawmakers got a bit of a preview Wednesday.

Hours before Phoebe Jonchuck was thrown over a bridge allegedly by her father, the state’s child abuse hotline received a warning call that went ignored. It’s a call that’s gotten quite a bit of media attention.

Florida Channel

The two high profile death incidents that occurred in recent months has already spurred a number of changes to Florida’s child welfare agency. That was part of an update two panels in the House and Senate received Thursday as part of a presentation looking at a new law overhauling the agency.

Family of Phoebe Jonchuck's Facebook

As the Florida Legislature returns next week, a bipartisan duo of lawmakers could be looking at making some more changes on top of a new law overhauling Florida’s child welfare agency. It could include changes to the state’s abuse hotline, after the recent tragic death of a five-year-old girl whose father is accused of throwing her over a bridge.

“She was my world. I truly, truly loved her,” said a tearful Michele Jonchuck. “She was an angel. She loved school. She loved to crack jokes. She liked to be helpful to the other children at school.”

Florida Channel

The newly named permanent head of the Florida Department of Children and Families says some of the recent reforms implemented by the child welfare agency are on the right track. DCF Secretary Mike Carroll presented some of the reform’s results to a Senate panel Thursday.

Speaking to the members of the Florida Senate Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee that morning, an admittedly nervous Carroll says he’s grateful he lost his interim status.

DJJ's website

Governor Rick Scott has made another interim agency head permanent, after officially naming Christy Daly head of the Florida’s juvenile justice system Thursday.

Daly is no stranger to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She’s worked as a deputy Secretary under her predecessor, Wansley Walters, who stepped down in June.

She’s also been the chief of staff and legislative director for DJJ.

Florida House

The lawyer for the Florida Senate has recommended placing an indefinite hold on millions of dollars worth in settlement payments for a child who was abused under the state’s child welfare agency’s supervision. But, a bipartisan group of lawmakers say that’s not right.

APD website/AHCA website

Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of more agency heads Tuesday.

Following Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Scott spoke to reporters about the appointments—most of them returning from around the time Scott first took office.

DCF's website

Governor Rick Scott has officially named a new leader of Florida’s child welfare agency. It’s the third DCF chief Scott has appointed since taking office.

http://www.heartgallerynorthflorida.org/homepage/gallery/

An effort is underway to highlight foster kids available for adoption in certain north Florida Starbucks coffee shops. This local partnership with Florida’s child welfare agency could branch out statewide.

adoptflorida.com

November is National Adoption Month, and as part of the month, the Florida Department of Children and Families is highlighting a service it offers to help certain adopted individuals find their birth families.

The goal behind Florida’s Adoption Reunion Registry is to reunite adopted adults with their birth families, which can include parents, grandparents, and siblings. DCF spokeswoman Alexis Lambert says it’s the only program of its kind in Florida that doesn’t require either party to take any court action.

Florida’s child welfare system just received a $200,000 grant to help strengthen its child abuse prevention efforts. But, some question whether that’s enough to help the Florida Department of Children and Families, which they say is faced with systemic problems.

DCF Spokeswoman Alexis Lambert says the funds will be used to help boost services in areas they’ve identified as problems:

AP Photo

State child welfare officials are looking into what went wrong in their handling of an investigation of a Florida man who shot himself and his family in North Florida. The Florida Department of Children and Families say they were actually investigating the man weeks before the mass shooting in Bell. So, in the wake of the deadly rampage, could lawmakers be considering another DCF legislative fix?

About a week ago, Don Spirit shot his 28-year-old daughter Sarah and her six kids ranging in age from about three months old baby to 11-years-old.

Capital Report: 09-26-2014

Sep 26, 2014

Florida State University has picked St. Augustine Republican Senator John Thrasher as its next president. His selection follows months of discord as some FSU faculty and students demanded the role be filled by an academic instead. This week, those tensions boiled over at a turbulent final two search meetings. Florida Public Radio’s Jessica Palombo was there.

Florida Channel

Florida Department of Children and Families Interim head Mike Carroll says it’s now time to move the agency forward and embrace what he calls the “intense media scrutiny.” A series of media reports highlighting abuse-related deaths has led to several new laws on the books aimed at overhauling the state’s child welfare agency.

floridahealth.gov

The committee tasked with taking a broader approach to reduce preventable child abuse-related deaths is set to have its first face-to-face meeting at the end of this month, since a new child welfare law took effect last month. They had their first logistical meeting with its new members this past week.

Pages