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411 Teen: Youth SHINE

Mar 20, 2013

Join host Dr. Liz Holifield for "411 Teen", a locally produced program created with teen input for a teenage audience. Guests provide insights into topics that concern adolescents.  This week, Dr. Liz talks with Youth SHINE, a leadership and advocacy group comprised of current and former members of Florida's foster program.

The Florida state task force on prescription drug abuse by pregnant women is finalizing its recommendations to present to the Florida Legislature. The group held one of its final meetings at the Capitol on Monday.

Last year, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi assembled the task force, made up mostly of agency heads, lawmakers and doctors. It’s addressing one of her priority issues: the high numbers of babies in Florida who are born addicted to prescription drugs or whose parents are prescription drug abusers.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is reporting that they’ve seen an increase in the number of children who are adopted out of the state’s foster care system. The department experienced an 8-percent increase, even as the number of children available for adoption is on the decline because they increased the amount of services to keep as many kids with their families.

An ongoing investigation has revealed children in Florida’s foster care system are being recruited as prostitutes. The Florida Department of Children and Families says it’s horrified by the allegations that pimps were targeting girls in group homes subcontracted by the state.

Four Miami-Dade men were arrested this week for allegedly recruiting girls in foster care group homes

As lawmakers prepare to take up the state’s health care budget, a House panel is already expecting to save the state about $11-million. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, it’s at the expense of those who depend on the state’s foster care system.

When Republican Representative Matt Hudson of Naples slashed $300 million from the state’s health care budget, his proposal was met with praise from lawmakers and members of the health and human services community. That’s because in his plan, Hudson says he chose to put people over things: