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Foster Kids Starved, Beaten and Sexually Abused, Reports Show Few Caregivers are Punished

March 31, 2021 4:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A new USA Today article highlights daunting details regarding the systemic issues in Florida’s child welfare system.  In the last five years, there have been nearly 5,000 calls to the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) abuse hotline from various concerned members of the community.  These calls come from... View Article


DCF Florida’s Chief Inspector General defends investigation into nonprofit executive pay

March 1, 2021 8:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Florida private social welfare agencies charged with caring for abused, neglected, and disabled children are under attack after Florida’s Chief Inspector General for the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF) issued a preliminary report suggesting that their executives were being compensated well above the limits allowed by state law.... View Article


Florida’s Premiere Youth Advocacy Organization Brings Celebrity Chef Experience To Its Supporters For An Evening To Benefit Kids In And Aging Out Of Foster Care

February 19, 2021 10:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Florida’s Children First’s Virtual Culinary Experience Hosted by Food Network Favorite   Florida’s Children First (FCF), an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at–risk children and youth in the foster care system, is hosting Cooking for the Kids with Chef Rome on March 10, 2021 at 6... View Article


As a result of the pandemic, internet child abuse and sexual exploitation is on the rise, and law enforcement is finding it difficult to keep up with the overwhelming caseload.

February 8, 2021 11:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Amidst one of the worst shootings in FBI history, which left two agents dead and three injured, reveals an overwhelming influx of internet child sexual abuse cases. Broward Sheriff’s Office, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, reports initiation of over 200 cases and 40 arrests for offenses related to child... View Article


The Florida Legislature Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (“OPPAGA”) has issued its report to ensure accountability and strengthen Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program

January 27, 2021 5:27 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Created in 2004, the Guardian ad Litem Program provides trained volunteers to ensure best interest representation for children who are subject to dependency proceedings. Unlike other states, that provide a directed attorney for children in abuse and neglect proceedings in line with the American Bar Association’s Model Act, Florida takes... View Article


WTSP Tampa Bay: Pasco County man indicted on federal human trafficking charges

January 22, 2021 9:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A Pasco County man could face life in prison after being indicted on federal human trafficking charges. A recent DOJ release reveals the 49-year-old man recruited people, including children, to engage in prostitution through misrepresentation and violent tactics such as sexual assault and physical violence. Prosecutors allege the man trafficked... View Article


After years of ignoring red flags, DCF secretary finally recognizes department’s failures in stopping child sexual abuse

January 15, 2021 10:36 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

After years of protestation by families, children, and advocacy groups that sexual abuse is rampant in state foster homes, DCF secretary Chad Poppell recognizes DCF’s failure in stopping children placed in state-licensed foster care from being sexually abused. The Miami Herald recently disclosed that during this past year, ninety-two children... View Article


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