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A new report on how Florida handles young human trafficking victims is receiving mixed reviews.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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

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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The head of Florida’s child welfare agency says despite several reforms, his agency failed in preventing the latest high profile child deaths.

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The head of Florida’s child welfare agency says he’s still in the process of reforming the Florida Department of Children and Families and it’s going to take a lot of work. Florida lawmakers got that update in both the House and Senate this week.

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The head of Florida’s child welfare agency as well as some state lawmakers are renewing a push towards mental health and substance abuse reform in connection with protecting kids in the state’s care.

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The head of Florida’s child welfare agency is kicking off the annual three-day Child Protection Summit in Orlando Wednesday.

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The head of Florida’s child welfare agency says he’s renewing his commitment to making his agency better.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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