foster youth

Rebekka Behr and Robert Latham stand back to back with their arms crossed inside the Capitol. The space behind them has colorful decorations for Children's Week.
Robert Latham

A series of bills about the foster care system is moving through the Florida Legislature.

Rebekka Behr is focused on the Foster Youth Bill of Rights, which she says will take “all the rights that are already in law and (place) them into one document so that it makes it easier for youth to understand what their rights are as well as those in their case plan.”

It’s important for Behr, who aged out of Florida’s foster care system. She’s now 21-years-old and serves as the fundraising chair for Florida Youth Shine (FYS), a youth-led advocacy group working to improve the child welfare system.

DCF's website

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

Capital Report: 10-17-2014

Oct 17, 2014

The second of three Florida gubernatorial debates happened this week (last week), but most of the attention is being paid to a spat over an electric fan. Lynn Hatter reports some pundits are calling it one of the most bizarre moments in recent Florida political history.

A billboard in Tallahassee is advertising bulletproof vests for children. As Jessica Palombo reports, the group behind the provocative campaign wants to make Florida voters think about policies like the Stand Your Ground law before they cast ballots in the midterm election.