child abuse http://blog.wlrn.org en What We Learned From Our Innocents Lost Town Hall On The Child Welfare System http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-we-learned-our-innocents-lost-town-hall-child-welfare-system <div></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For more than a year, the Miami Herald dug&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">through Department of Children &amp; Families records and police reports to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">find out how and why nearly 500 children died over the past six years after falling through the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida Department of Children &amp; Families’ protective net.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:10:27 +0000 Elaine Chen 31147 at http://blog.wlrn.org What We Learned From Our Innocents Lost Town Hall On The Child Welfare System 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 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 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 Can Google Safety Tips Cancel Net's Threats? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/can-google-safety-tips-cancel-nets-threats <p>Google's new Internet-safety program for school kids made its Florida debut recently in Cooper City. A lunchroom full of Pioneer Middle School students were shown the sometimes-complicated guide to going online and coming back in one piece.</p><p>The Internet is as much a part of school life today as three-ring binders and Dewey Decimal card catalogs were in an earlier time. The only difference: Old-time school artifacts did not moonlight as entertainment and communication media and certainly carried no risk of ruining, or even ending, young lives.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:39:56 +0000 Rick Stone 24509 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can Google Safety Tips Cancel Net's Threats? 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 Child Abuse Prevention http://blog.wlrn.org/post/child-abuse-prevention <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><p>05/30/13 - Thursday's&nbsp;<strong>Topical Currents</strong>&nbsp;begins with an explanation of the Florida “Protection of Vulnerable Persons Act.” &nbsp;Child abuse reporting is now mandatory even for non-parents or caregivers. Thu, 30 May 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 14893 at http://blog.wlrn.org Child Abuse Prevention Florida Wants You To Know: You Are Legally Responsible For Reporting Child Abuse http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-wants-you-know-you-are-legally-responsible-reporting-child-abuse <p></p><p></p><p>The toughest child abuse reporting law in the nation went into effect in Florida last October.</p><p>It used to be that only parents or caregivers suspected of abuse had to be reported. &nbsp;</p><p>Now, anyone who suspects a child is being abused or neglected is required to report it regardless of the suspect. &nbsp;Failure to do so could lead to a felony charge resulting in a five year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 8460 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Wants You To Know: You Are Legally Responsible For Reporting Child Abuse 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 Scores Of Floridians Named In Boy Scout 'Perversion Files' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/scores-floridians-named-boy-scout-perversion-files <p></p><p>The Boy Scouts' "perversion files" have been released and the names of at least 160 Floridians are among the 1,000 former Boy Scout leaders and volunteers accused of sexually abusing Boy Scouts between 1965 and 1985.</p><p>Lawyers involved in the case say the Boy Scouts of America kept careful records of the suspects and allegations but never reported them to authorities. &nbsp;Many were flagged as "ineligible to volunteer."&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:58:41 +0000 Rick Stone 3155 at http://blog.wlrn.org Scores Of Floridians Named In Boy Scout 'Perversion Files'