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Bowing to Baptist and Catholic Pressure, DCF Backs Off Protecting LGBT Children from Discrimination

| April 9, 2016

Proposed language protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in a DCF rule was opposed by the Florida Baptist Children’s Home and the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, so it was deleted.

Child Thrown From Bridge in Tampa Prompts New Look at DCF’s Porous Safety Net

| January 13, 2015

Records of the case reveal that many answers were already available — in the form of arrests that could have raised alarms at the state abuse hotline operated by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Despite 18 Investigations, DCF Claims Man’s 7 Murders in Bell Couldn’t Have Been Foreseen

| October 2, 2014

The murders drew national attention to the small town of Bell and led to questions about whether the Department of Children and Families could have done more to protect the children. The department and the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office visited the family’s home as recently as Sept. 2.

DCF Looking to Bring Family Drug Court to Florida as an Intervention Method

| September 7, 2013

With substance abuse still threatening to overwhelm child-welfare systems like Florida’s, officials are looking at drug courts for troubled families as a way to address the problem.

“Don’t Miss the Signs”: In Florida, Campaign and Means to Report Child Abuse Broaden

| January 28, 2013

Last year, the Florida Legislature passed the nation’s most protective child abuse reporting law. The state’s abuse hotline will accept reports of abuse committed by people other than parents and primary caregivers, such as a coach, teacher or neighbor.

Children in Nursing Homes: Florida Rejects Court Oversight in Dispute With U.S. Justice

| November 30, 2012

The Department of Justice in September threatened legal action over Florida’s violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by improperly placing disabled children in nursing homes and threatened legal action. Florida wants to resolve the dispute but opposes federal court oversight.

DCF Defends Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients

| September 17, 2012

The head of the state welfare agency is asking a court to throw out a challenge to the state law requiring drug testing of public assistance recipients, which could allow the program to restart.

In a Reversal, Florida Won’t End Benefits To Recipients With Underliverable Addresses

| September 16, 2012

The Florida Department of Children and Families on Friday scrapped a controversial change that would have halted food stamps, Medicaid and welfare benefits for people whose mail is returned to the agency as undeliverable.

Florida DCF’s Answer to Welfare Recipients’ Unforwarded Addresses: Cut Off Benefits

| September 7, 2012

The Florida Department of Children and Families has approved a change that would end public-assistance benefits for people who don’t report new addresses, drawing concerns that some low-income residents could unnecessarily lose food and medical aid.

Florida Disputes National Report Card’s F, Based on Abused Children’s Legal Rights

| May 12, 2012

The state-by-state study rated on how well states protect the legal rights of abused and neglected children in dependency court. It was conducted by two national child advocacy organizations.

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Wilkins Sums Up Legislative Session

| March 10, 2012

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins writes of the Legislature’s measures improving DCF’s Child Protective Investigative operations and employee pay in light of the Nubia Barahona scandal.

DCF Warning About People Impersonating Child Protection Agency’s Investigators

| October 26, 2011

Impersonators of DCF investigators have the Sheriff’s offices in Santa Rosa and Bay counties on the look-out, and the Florida Department of Children and Families warning parents against engaging with individuals lacking proper credentials from DCF.

Following 10-Year-Old Nubia Barahona’s Murder, DCF Seeks More State Support

| September 16, 2011

The Department of Children and Families is seeking $15.8 million to strengthen its investigative abilities, and hoping to shift millions more into the child-protection program to add investigators and case workers.

Gut Choke: State Eliminates 780 Jobs at Department of Children and Families

| May 24, 2011

DCF Secretary David Wilkins claims front-line workers won’t be affected, but the cut represents a serious set-back in an agency responsible for children’s welfare and oversight.

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