Department of Children and Families

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Scott Claim Of Fewer Child Abuse Deaths Questioned

Republican Gov. Rick Scott repeatedly tells voters that abused and neglected children are safer under his leadership than when his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist was governor, but an Associated Press examination of that claim shows that campaign claim may be an exaggeration.

CBS Tampa–10/15/2014

The legislation adds $47 million for the hiring of 200 investigators and emphasizes child safety over family reunification. (Getty Images)

Florida Senate Passes Child Welfare Overhaul

Sweeping bill adds $47 million for new services, including the hiring of 200 investigators, and emphasizes child safety.

CBS Tampa–04/25/2014

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Officials: Dad Threw Toddler Over Hotel Balcony Before Jumping

Authorities say a father threw his 2-year-old son off a second-floor, hotel balcony in central Florida before jumping himself.

CBS Tampa–01/14/2014

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DCF Investigator Charged With Sexual Battery

A state Department of Children and Families investigator has been charged with two counts of sexual battery, police said Thursday.

12/13/2013

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New Report Blasts State Over Child Abuse Deaths

A scathing new report is critical of the state’s efforts to prevent child abuse deaths across Florida.

CBS Tampa–11/05/2013

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Bondi To Announce Anti-Human Trafficking Effort

Attorney General Pam Bondi will announce an anti-human trafficking initiative in Tampa.

CBS Tampa–09/27/2013

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DCF Trains 5,000 Staff In New System After Deaths

More than 5,000 Florida child protection staffers are training under a new system implemented after the deaths of a handful of children.

07/01/2013

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Fla. Officials Crack Down On $100M Lost In Food Stamp Fraud

Florida officials are cracking down on fraud in the food stamp program through a new system that verifies client’s identities before an application is processed.

01/23/2013

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Florida State Helping Out Foster Youth After They Leave The System

State child welfare officials are overhauling a program that helps teens as they age out of foster care.

CBS Tampa–08/16/2012

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Rural Homeless Shelters In Florida To Get $2 Million

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Homeless shelters across the state will receive more than $2 million dollars in federal grants. The Department of Children and Families says the money will go to 25 emergency homeless shelters […]

05/17/2012

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