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In 1998 in the New York child welfare system, 64 percent of children had at least one sibling in out-of-home care.

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Florida CPS News Archive

Florida News Coverage

by CR

Peter Crane Lemming, a child abuse investigator with Florida's Department of Children & Families (DCF), has been arrested on three counts of child sexual abuse.

Police received a report from the local emergency room stating two 5-year-old girls, had allegedly been sexually abused. The Herald-Tribune reports: "Crane Leming was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim younger than 12, and one count of sexual assault with a victim under 12. He remains in the Sarasota County jail without bond. The two victims told investigators Crane Leming touched their genitals underneath their clothing. One of the victims told police she touched Crane Leming's genitals."

August 24, 2012

by Barbara Hijek

A Tampa woman seeking to hold someone's attention ended up in a holding cell.

A Tampa Bay News reporter received a text message from a cell phone on her company-issued phone stating "seems like I gotta make threats to be heard , its F....... up how I'm being done with my kids but if I go and blow up the H.K.I East Care Center then everyone is gonna want to listen then," according to a news release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

August 18, 2012

by Christina LaFortune

Local authors are using their skills to make the world a better place with a new novel about child welfare and a treatise on organization and management.

Aimee Red McPartlan of Sebastian worked in the field of child welfare for more than a decade. She felt a need to give a voice to the untold story of child abuse and those who dedicate their lives to working with abused children and their families.

August 12, 2012

Homeschool students will get a taste of a variety of activities available to them during the upcoming school year when Tampa Bay HEAT hosts a Back-to-School Bash Aug. 11 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Homeschool Resource Center, 307 S. Parsons Ave.

The event will include rotating activities for kids to try including art, chess and fencing, and tables with information on homeschool classes and activities. In addition, Buy the Book and More, the homeschool educational bookstore will be open.

August 9, 2012

by Dr. Keith Ablow

Carla and K Roundtree, parents of a 6-year-old rapper and Tyler Council, producer of the boy's "Booty Pop" music video should be legally charged with child sexual abuse, convicted and made to register as sexual offenders.

The parental rights of his parents should be suspended, pending an investigation by child protective services. Why? They conspired to put a 6-year-old boy in a music video in which he raps about having sex with an adult woman and shoots a long, tubular and very phallic water pistol into the air-mimicking orgasm-while sandwiched between two bikini-clad woman who dance erotically within inches of him.

Fox News

July 11, 2012

A 10-year-old Florida boy is in the custody of the state after his parents rewarded him for making good grades by allowing him to get a tattoo.

All of the Garrison family members have their initials in ink, they say it's a family tradition. So when the boy said he wanted his initials tattooed, he didn't see a problem with it.

July 3, 2012

by Lisa Bolivar

STUART - Stuart entrepreneur Nichole Froehlich is marrying her desire to help foster kids with the promotion of her business.

Froehlich, who owns and operates MTK Designs, a web design service, has decided to donate 20 percent of her fees on each new client to the Children's Home Society and is using her direct-marketing Take Over Florida With Websites Tour 2012 as an opportunity to drum up business and donations for foster care.

June 23, 2012

In the Garrisson family, it's a tradition. "He got his initials out there on the right leg at the very bottom," said Jerry Garrisson.

All of the family members have their initials in ink. So when Jerry's 10-year-old grandson wanted his initials tattooed on his leg... "I didn't see why a tattoo was such a big issue to begin with, and I didn't see where none of this was right," he explained. Garrisson says the Department of Children and Families came to his house with another concern, and when they saw his grandson's tattoo, they told him it was a problem.

June 21, 2012

by Georgia East

More than 100 of Broward County's graduating foster youth were honored at a ceremony at Bailey Hall in Davie.

On Thursday, Berry was among 132 honored at a ceremony held for Broward County's graduating foster youth at Bailey Hall in Davie. Wearing cap and gowns, the graduates crossed the stage - this time in a room full of peers and the staff who helped guide them along the way.

June 14, 2012

by Regina Girdner

Virtual schools are getting mixed reviews from students and traditional high school teachers. Now every Florida high school student must take at least one online course to graduate.

Wheeler was one of more than 122,000 students enrolled in Florida Virtual School in 2010. In the 15 years since its inception, the state-funded virtual school has increased enrollment by 1,114 percent.

May 21, 2012

by Pam Hindman

May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month, so instead of answering your questions, I have a couple of questions of my own that I posed to three people who were raised in the dependency system.

Growing up in and out of The Children's Home with my three brothers and little sister was confusing and unsettling. Picking out my school clothes from a closet full of stuff people donated and listening to my baby sister cry herself to sleep across the hall where I couldn't go to her, was distressing at 7 years old. Sunday was family visit day and there were so many children looking for parents and family to visit. Sometimes they never came.

May 16, 2012

by Tia Mitchell

A nationwide study of state policies governing legal proceedings for abused and neglected children resulted in an "F" for Florida and nine other states.

The report titled A Child's Right to Counsel: A National Report Card on Legal Representation for Abused and Neglected Children was released today by First Star, a national organization working to improve the lives of abused and neglected children, and the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego Law School. It graded each state and the District of Columbia on dependency court procedures and the type of legal representation children received.

May 15, 2012

by Kelli Kennedy

MIAMI (AP) - When Lauren entered foster care at age 16, she was too scared to go to the court hearings that were deciding her future. She was wary of the judge and struggled to navigate the complex legal system.

But Lauren's attorney eventually persuaded her to attend, convincing her of how important it was for the judge to hear about Lauren's experiences in her own words. Having legal help like that is uncommon for the nation's more than 400,000 foster children. Massachusetts, Connecticut, and more than a dozen other states require that foster children have appointed attorneys.

CNS News

March 11, 2012

by Anthony DeFeo

Increased demand and higher production costs may be to blame for an ongoing shortage of organic milk, according to both supermarkets and producers.

The uptick in popularity of organic milk, coupled with increased costs in organic feed for dairy cows, is forcing many supermarkets to answer "no" when asked "Got milk?" - at least when referring to the organic type.

February 23, 2012

by Luc Cohan

Cristina Martinez '12 and Ceymi Doenyas '12 were awarded Princeton ReachOut Fellowships for public service projects, the sponsoring foundation announced on Jan. 27.

Martinez received the foundation's annual domestic fellowship for her plans to work with young adults transitioning out of foster care, and Doenyas received the international fellowship for her proposal to use technology to assist autistic students in her home country of Turkey.

February 15, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mental health professionals will tell you there are children across the Tampa Bay area who have been through hell. Many have been ripped out of the care of their parents due to abuse, neglect, or even death.

Some are forced to live in a stranger's home and, in some instances, children in state care will live in dozens of foster care homes while waiting to be adopted. The experience can be traumatic, but for those young people who age out of the system, they're getting a rude awakening. Florida lawmakers want to cut back on how long it will pay to help them get their lives on track.

January 25, 2012

TAMPA - Dancers from all over the globe will be coming to the Tampa area the weekend of January 20 to 22 for the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition.

Many young dancers from across the country have joined the Patel Conservatory's pre-professional ballet program where they train for about eight hours per day, and homeschool in order to finish their high school education.

January 15, 2012

by John Barry

TAMPA - Can anyone guarantee Hillsborough County's thousands of children under state protection won't be hurt or killed or neglected or abused?

On Friday the state replaced the home-grown, nonprofit agency that has tried for the past decade. It turned over a $65.5 million annual contract for child protection services to another agency. The takeover starts July 1. At least eight deaths of Hillsborough children under state protection in the past two years preceded the ouster of Hillsborough Kids Inc., which was created in 2001 after the Legislature voted to outsource services. The agency now protects 2,500 children. CEO Jeff Rainey had already tendered his resignation.

January 7, 2012

by Ap

MIAMI -- For decades, it was common for officials around the country to approve foster parents by room and board criteria: Did they pass a background check? Is their home clean?

Now several states including Florida, California and Wisconsin are trying to find ones who they know upfront will help with homework, sew Halloween costumes and accompany kids to doctor appointments. Complicating the efforts is the longtime problem of finding enough adults to house children in need.

January 1, 2012

by Kelli Kennedy

MIAMI (AP) - For decades, it was common for officials around the country to approve foster parents by room and board criteria: Did they pass a background check? Is their home clean? Are their dogs safe and vaccinated?

Now several states including Florida, California and Wisconsin are trying to find ones who they know upfront will help with homework, sew Halloween costumes and accompany kids to doctor appointments. Complicating the efforts is the longtime problem of finding enough adults to house children in need.

CNS News

December 31, 2011

by Toni Whitt

More than a thousand children in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.

Through no fault of their own, those children must navigate through the court system where a judge makes decisions about a child he or she has never met. A confused and frightened child can easily get lost in an already overburdened child welfare system. A Guardian ad Litem is a trained and certified community volunteer appointed by the judge to speak up for an abused or neglected child in court.

December 23, 2011

by Dara Kam and Ana M. Valdes

When Mario Rodrigues heard this summer that the Palm Beach County offices of the state Department of Children and Families still used paper spreadsheets and push pins to assign investigators to cases of abuse or neglect.

DCF officials cited West Palm Beach nonprofit Clinics can Help as an example of the kind of participant the agency hopes to attract through the program. Last year, Owen O'Neill, director of the company, responded to DCF's need to supply cribs to needy families in Palm Beach County who could not afford safe beds for their infants.

December 5, 2011

by Jenny Gold

Kids in foster care are significantly more likely than other children to be given mind-altering drugs, according to a study of five states released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

The report, which focused on children in the Medicaid program, also found that foster kids were more likely to be prescribed five or more psychotropic drugs at a time and at doses that exceed the maximum FDA-approved levels - both of which carry serious health risks. In addition, the report found that in the five states, 3,841 infants under age one were prescribed a psychotropic drug. Seventy-six of them were in foster care. The report notes that experts say there's no good reason for infants to take such drugs.

December 1, 2011

by Luke Plunkett

A 22 year-old woman from Jacksonsville, Florida has pleaded guilty to killing her baby son over a game of...Farmville.

Alexandra V. Tobias says her three-month old child, Dylan Lee Edmondson, had been crying while she was trying to play the popular Facebook casual game. This angered Tobias.

November 4, 2011

NAPLES - Sheriff's officials in southwest Florida say a clerk at a 24-hour food store shot and killed a man who tried to rob her and take her 1-year-old daughter.

Authorities say 22-year-old Elizabeth Easterly was alone in the store with her 1- and 2-year-old daughters. Collier County Sheriff's spokesman Jamie Mosbach says the man was acting erratically before the incident.

CNS News

October 22, 2011

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