Department of Children

House To Take Up Bill On Domestic Violence Agency

Feb 18, 2020

Amid probes into spending by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the House is poised Wednesday to take up a bill that would give flexibility to the Department of Children and Families to contract for services to help victims of domestic violence. 

Court Ends Parental Rights In HIV-Positive Baby Case

Nov 17, 2015
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Pointing to "egregious" conduct, a South Florida appeals court Thursday terminated the parental rights of a father who failed to properly care for a baby born with HIV.

The Broward County case stemmed from the December 2012 premature birth of a baby, identified in court documents by the initials Z.S., who tested positive for HIV at birth, according to the ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal.

The child's parents were advised about the importance of the baby girl receiving medications and gaining weight.

Florida Department of Children and Families administrators vowed more transparency in the wake of the “Innocents Lost” investigation by the Miami Herald. But the agency actually is starting to delay and restrict the release of information, the Herald reports.  A new review by the Herald shows DCF started to black out the details about the deaths in the records in the midst of the newspaper’s investigation.