Department of Children and Families http://blog.wlrn.org en The Florida Roundup: As Cuba Changes, Does U.S. Policy? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-roundup-cuba-changes-does-us-policy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both the U.S. and Cuba have relaxed travel restrictions so family visits are easier and more money is flowing to the island nation, so what’s next?</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR Morning Edition host David Greene joins us after spending a week in Cuba, talking with government officials, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers and fishermen.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:37:53 +0000 Elaine Chen 34656 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Florida Roundup: As Cuba Changes, Does U.S. Policy? Former DCF Admin: System Suffers From Overload And Underfunding http://blog.wlrn.org/post/former-dcf-admin-system-suffers-overload-and-underfunding <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><i style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Join the Miami Herald and&nbsp;WLRN-Miami&nbsp;Herald News for a town hall on how to fix the child welfare system at 6 p.m. Thursday, April&nbsp;17&nbsp;at the Doral headquarters of the Herald.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/static/media/projects/2014/innocents-lost/town-hall/index.html" target="_blank">Learn more at MiamiHerald.com.</a></strong></i></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:18:39 +0000 Jack Moss 30858 at http://blog.wlrn.org Former DCF Admin: System Suffers From Overload And Underfunding After 477 Children's Deaths In Florida, What Have We Learned? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-477-childrens-deaths-florida-what-have-we-learned <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:59:40 +0000 Elaine Chen 29919 at http://blog.wlrn.org After 477 Children's Deaths In Florida, What Have We Learned? The End Of FCAT http://blog.wlrn.org/post/end-fcat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This spring, students will be taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test for the last time. We look at what's ahead.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders in Tallahassee call child welfare reforms a priority for this legislative session after a Miami Herald investigation into the Department of Children and Families.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:46:40 +0000 Elaine Chen 29577 at http://blog.wlrn.org The End Of FCAT DCF, Shakespeare And The Lieutenant Governor http://blog.wlrn.org/post/dcf-shakespeare-and-lieutenant-governor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On The Florida Roundup: After a nine-month vacancy,&nbsp;Gov. Rick Scott picks a new lieutenant governor.&nbsp; Miami-Dade property appraiser Carlos&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lopez-Cantera</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;becomes the first Hispanic to hold the position.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:02:55 +0000 Elaine Chen 26589 at http://blog.wlrn.org DCF, Shakespeare And The Lieutenant Governor Florida Senate Panel Wants To Stop 'Rehoming' Of Children http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-senate-panel-wants-stop-rehoming-children <p></p><p>A Florida Senate committee has approved a bill cracking down on parents who illegally put their children up for adoption.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The practice often involves children who were adopted from other countries.</span></p><p>It's called "rehoming," and it puts kids into new families -- for free.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The kids are typically offered for adoption on the Internet by parents who just don’t want them anymore.</span></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:30:25 +0000 Gina Jordan 25224 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Senate Panel Wants To Stop 'Rehoming' Of Children Advancing The Rights Of At-Risk Children http://blog.wlrn.org/post/advancing-rights-risk-children <p></p><p>09/05/13 - Thursday's&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a> begins with attorney <a href="http://www.floridaschildrenfirst.org/?p=715">Howard Talenfeld</a>.&nbsp; He specializes in children’s and elderly rights, and is the founding President of <strong><a href="http://www.floridaschildrenfirst.org/">Florida’s Children First</a></strong>, an advocacy group which monitors the treatment of Florida’s at-risk children and the delinquency system.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And more.&nbsp; <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer">Linda </a></strong></span><strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer">Gassenheimer’s</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Food &amp; Dining with TV’s Anne Burrell, the host of “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Topical Currents</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Thursday at 1pm on <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/wlrn">WLRN-HD1</a></strong>, rebroadcast at 7pm on <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/wlrn-hd2">WLRN-HD2</a></strong>.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 20095 at http://blog.wlrn.org Advancing The Rights Of At-Risk Children Could Florida's DCF Have Prevented These Children's Deaths? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/could-floridas-dcf-have-prevented-these-childrens-deaths <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 13pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 19476 at http://blog.wlrn.org Could Florida's DCF Have Prevented These Children's Deaths? Florida Deaths Raise Questions About Child Welfare System http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-deaths-raise-questions-about-child-welfare-system Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee, Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we talk with actor Ziyi Zhang about her latest film "The Grandmaster," and women in kung fu. That's in a moment. But we start our program today in Florida. At least 20 children who were on the radar of child protective services have died there since April, that's according to an investigation by the Miami Herald. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:30:08 +0000 19437 at http://blog.wlrn.org Town Hall On Child Deaths: 'Is Anbody Here Not Outraged?' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/town-hall-child-deaths-anbody-here-not-outraged <p>With lawmakers from Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties on hand, <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/20/v-fullstory/3575635/names-of-dead-children-invoked.html" target="_blank">hundreds of people turned out Tuesday night for a town-hall meeting </a>about an epidemic of deaths in recent months that has rocked the state's child-welfare system.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:33:52 +0000 News Service of Florida 19357 at http://blog.wlrn.org Town Hall On Child Deaths: 'Is Anbody Here Not Outraged?' At DCF, An Untold Epidemic Of Abuse, Neglect And Death http://blog.wlrn.org/post/dcf-untold-epidemic-abuse-neglect-and-death <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">On the day before she died, Jewel </span>Re’nee<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; "> Howard sat on the porch, in her grandmother’s lap, having her hair twisted into ponytails made pretty with pink and purple beads. She played outside the home with neighborhood children, ate noodles, talked and giggled, as she had so many days before, about her dream of becoming a princess.</span></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:23:47 +0000 Carol Marbin Miller & Audra D.S. Burch 19249 at http://blog.wlrn.org At DCF, An Untold Epidemic Of Abuse, Neglect And Death Can Florida's Department Of Children And Families Be Fixed? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/live-chat-can-floridas-department-children-and-families-be-fixed <div style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">The U.S. Department of Justice&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/justice-department-files-lawsuit-against-florida-over-medical-care-for/2132566" style="font-size: 13px;" target="_blank">charges that Florida denies fragile, disabled children any option but nursing homes.</a></p></div><p></p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 18048 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can Florida's Department Of Children And Families Be Fixed? Timeline Of Deaths Leading Up To DCF Leader's Resignation http://blog.wlrn.org/post/timeline-deaths-leading-dcf-leaders-resignation <p><span style="color: rgb(24, 24, 24); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px;">David Wilkins, Florida's top child welfare and social services administrator resigned July 18 amid an escalating scandal over the recent deaths of four small children who had a history of involvement with child-abuse investigators.</span></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:43:58 +0000 Carol Marbin Miller & Mary Ellen Klas 18002 at http://blog.wlrn.org Timeline Of Deaths Leading Up To DCF Leader's Resignation Wilkins Steps Down As DCF Secretary, Scott Taps Jacobo Interim http://blog.wlrn.org/post/wilkins-steps-down-dcf-secretary-scott-taps-jacobo-interim <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">After weeks under fire following the deaths of four children, David Wilkins&nbsp;</span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_346434409" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">on Thursday&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: rgb( Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:57:32 +0000 17661 at http://blog.wlrn.org Wilkins Steps Down As DCF Secretary, Scott Taps Jacobo Interim State Launches Public Awareness Campaign For Child Abuse Reporting Law http://blog.wlrn.org/post/state-launches-public-awareness-campaign-child-abuse-reporting-law-0 <p></p><p>The toughest child abuse reporting law in the nation went into effect in Florida last October, and the state has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the legal obligation to report suspected abuse.</p><p>The new law was introduced in response to the scandal at Penn State University.&nbsp; Former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of molesting children years after the abuse was discovered by staffers.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 8461 at http://blog.wlrn.org State Launches Public Awareness Campaign For Child Abuse Reporting Law