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Miami Herald: Florida seized a disabled mom’s 4-day-old son: ‘I didn’t think this could happen in America’

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As reported by the Miami Herald, it was just two days after Alysha Princess Cesaire gave birth to her son when someone at Memorial Regional Hospital called the state’s child abuse hotline to express concerns that her physical disability — which causes her to use a walker and have difficulty... View Article

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Florida DCF confirmed flaws with the handling of child abuse complaints concerning foster parents following USA Today story

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Several tragic cases of Justice for Kids Partner Stacie Schmerling were recently featured in USA Today concerning the failures of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to investigate and respond to credible complaints against foster care providers to ensure children are safe. Complaints to Florida’s abuse hotline about caregivers... View Article

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Current Florida policy leaves hundreds of foster children without Medicaid coverage

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Until recently, the state of Florida has continued to abandon foster children who had already been abused and neglected, even after they left state care, by improperly removing 1,730 former foster children from Medicaid. Former foster children, under federal law, remain Medicaid eligible until age 26. However, a current Florida... View Article

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