DCF http://blog.wlrn.org en Mike Carroll Is Named Interim Head Of The Department Of Children and Families http://blog.wlrn.org/post/mike-carroll-named-interim-head-department-children-and-families <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.1400000000000001;">Florida’s child protective agency’s new designated leader comes from within the troubled agency. Mike Carroll currently runs the Department of Children and Families operations in Tampa and Southwest Florida. What does his nomination mean about the direction of the agency? We speak with Carroll and the Miami Herald's Carol Marbin Miller.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:29:25 +0000 Elaine Chen 31522 at http://blog.wlrn.org Mike Carroll Is Named Interim Head Of The Department Of Children and Families Innocents Lost: The 477 Children Who Died On The State Of Florida's Watch http://blog.wlrn.org/post/innocents-lost-477-children-who-died-state-floridas-watch <p><em>This story originally ran on March 17, 2014. This week, we'll dedicate an hour on-air during the Florida Roundup to the Innocents Lost investigation. Tune in Friday, March 28 at noon.</em></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:34:59 +0000 Rick Stone 29251 at http://blog.wlrn.org Innocents Lost: The 477 Children Who Died On The State Of Florida's Watch Miami Herald Series Prompts Changes To Florida Child-Welfare Legislation http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-herald-series-prompts-changes-florida-child-welfare-legislation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Miami Herald series </span><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/projects/2014/innocents-lost/stories/overview/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">“Innocents Lost” may lead to more changes at DCF</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – Florida’s Department of Children and Families.</span></p><p>The Herald investigation chronicles the deaths of hundreds of children under DCF’s watch.</p><p>Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, is one of the state leaders charged with overseeing DCF as chair of the Senate Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:32:12 +0000 Gina Jordan 29730 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Herald Series Prompts Changes To Florida Child-Welfare Legislation Florida's DCF Launches New Child-Safety Program http://blog.wlrn.org/post/floridas-dcf-launches-new-child-safety-program <div>Days after a Miami Herald investigation documented 477 child-abuse deaths on the agency's watch, Florida's Department of Children and Families is launching a new child-safety program. It's advice for busy parents who may not be too careful about who takes care of their children. Click to hear Rick Stone's radio story.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:39:09 +0000 Rick Stone 29430 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida's DCF Launches New Child-Safety Program DCF's Problems Partly About Lack Of Better-Educated Workers, Legislators Say http://blog.wlrn.org/post/dcfs-problems-partly-about-lack-better-educated-workers-legislators-say <div id="lead" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 4px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18.001800537109375px;"><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:30:10 +0000 Rick Stone 29131 at http://blog.wlrn.org DCF's Problems Partly About Lack Of Better-Educated Workers, Legislators Say Scott Wants $40 Million Increase For Child Protection http://blog.wlrn.org/post/scott-wants-40-million-increase-child-protection <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In the wake of a wave of children's deaths last year, Gov. Rick Scott is calling on the Florida Legislature to include about $40 million in additional money for child protection in the next state budget, the governor announced Tuesday in Miami.<br /><br />Scott's budget proposal includes nearly $32 million for the state Department of Children and Families for child protective investigations and $8 million for six Florida sheriff's offices that handle such investigations.<br /> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:58:43 +0000 Margie Menzel -- News Service of Florida 26485 at http://blog.wlrn.org Scott Wants $40 Million Increase For Child Protection It Won't Take Just Money To Reduce Florida's Abused-Child Deaths, Reps Say http://blog.wlrn.org/post/it-wont-take-just-money-reduce-floridas-abused-child-deaths-reps-say <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an outdoor press conference on Fort Lauderdale's </span>Sistrunk<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Boulevard, in front of a large Christmas tree, State Rep. Perry Thurston urged </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Scott to provide sufficient funding for the Florida Department of Children and Families.</span></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:51:40 +0000 Rick Stone 25451 at http://blog.wlrn.org It Won't Take Just Money To Reduce Florida's Abused-Child Deaths, Reps Say Scott Faces Tough Decision On Next DCF Secretary http://blog.wlrn.org/post/scott-faces-tough-decision-next-dcf-secretary <p>Gov. Rick Scott faces a difficult decision in naming a permanent secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, given the demands of the job, the lateness in his term and the scrutiny of lawmakers moving to respond to a rash of child deaths.<br /><br />Scott has some breathing room after announcing last week that Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo will stay on the job through the end of the 2014 legislative session. He tapped the Miami-based attorney to lead the agency in mid-July, for 90 days, after David Wilkins resigned under fire.<br /> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:43:33 +0000 Margie Menzel and News Service of Florida 25390 at http://blog.wlrn.org Scott Faces Tough Decision On Next DCF Secretary 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 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