Florida Confirms Abuse Allegations Against Some Foster Parents

The child welfare agency in Florida is changing how it responds to allegations of abuse against foster caregivers, following a news investigation in March.

Florida County’s Guardian ad Litem Program Gets Grant


United Way Grant to Help Fund Florida County’s Guardian ad Litem Program

The Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, has received a $17,000 grant from a local chapter of the United Way.

The mental health struggles of children in western Florida is resulting in more parents surrendering kids.


Youth Mental Health Crisis Driving Florida Families Apart

Child welfare officials on Florida's west coast have seen more children removed from their homes recently because of parents’ “inability to cope" with their mental health struggles.

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President Joe Biden has chosen Florida lawyer José Javier Rodríguez to lead the Employment and Training Administration.


Biden Picks Florida Lawyer to Lead Youth Workforce and Employment Development

President Joe Biden has chosen a former harsh critic of Florida’s unemployment system to oversee the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration.

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Florida Child Welfare Chief Critical of State’s Privatization Has Resigned

Florida’s child welfare chief handed in his resignation letter Friday, weeks after the official acknowledged that the agency had done a “bad job” protecting multiple children from sexual abuse at the hands of foster parents.


Praying This Brings Us Closer Together

I’m going to preface this with a personal intro to my background. My name is Victoria Kavanagh, formerly Victoria Huber. I am 25 years old and I was in foster care for a brief stay before I turned 18 years old when my dad, who was the only one caring for me at the time, got very ill and was in a coma for almost a year.


In Sacramento, Youth Activists Push to Get Police Out of Schools

As a 10th grader at Sacramento’s Luther Burbank High School, Stephanie Lopez remembers when she saw a school resource officer treat her brother like a criminal. Her brother had bumped into the officer and apologized, Lopez said.

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Florida’s IV-E Waiver Hit is a Fraction of What Was Feared

This month, a slate of federal waivers offering states flexibility on child welfare funds came to an end. Many of the big child welfare systems with waivers have forecasted big cuts to the federal supply of dollars to their budgets as a result.


Florida Settles Lawsuit, Agrees to Improve Foster Care Placements in Miami Area

In February of 2018, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) was hit with a federal class-action lawsuit alleging that private providers in the southern part of the state were failing to supply enough foster homes, leading to frequent shuffling of kids from one motel to the next, or into cramped group settings.