Miami Herald tears open the juvenile delinquency system’s horrible secrets

Carol Marbin Miller and Audra Burch are unstoppable investigators. Their 2014 report Innocents Lost laid bare the child welfare system's rampant lack of effort and oversight in abuse investigations. Now, with FIGHT CLUB, they set their sights on the juvenile delinquency system. And what they find is appalling: mismanagement of facilities, unbelievable hiring practices, and …

Florida case law update: bio fathers granted standing to assert rights

Two Florida district courts issued favorable rulings for biological fathers this month. Both fathers were granted standing and a chance to assert their claim over the objection of the presumptive legal fathers. The Second District permitted a biological father to challenge the paternity of a man on the birth certificate. The court approved of the …

The Florida foster care stats you’ve been waiting for: 24,152 kids in out-of-home care & which CBC is the biggest?

It's been awhile since I posted a pile of graphs, so here we go. Out-of-home care numbers are still rising. That's probably not a good thing.   All is not equal in the types of placements. Relatives are still shouldering most of the burden for foster care.   Finally, which CBC is really the biggest? …

Attorney: “I don’t have to file a motion for every little thing.” Appellate Court: “Oh really?”

The Third District Court of Appeal reversed an order granting supervised visits yesterday because the trial court entered the order without proper notice to the Department. The opinion is surprisingly long for a simple "no notice, reversed" ruling, and the lone footnote may explain why: 1 In light of the statutory obligations and clear case …

Two cases out of Florida show the bias against fathers in child welfare

Let's talk about fathers for a second. One critique of child welfare law is that it puts¬†a significant burden on mothers while essentially ignoring fathers until they become inconvenient. Two cases out of Florida this month¬†highlight this phenomenon. In the first case, twin children were sheltered from their mother due to neglect. The father had …