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Update: the GAL Program isn’t being investigated by the Bar, and DCF is not cutting off kids in jail

Two pieces of news that I haven’t had time to post about. First, the Bar determined that the request for an ethical review of the GAL Program’s use of attorneys needs to come from one of those attorneys, not an outside party. So, no investigation. That’s good. Those attorneys weren’t doing anything wrong. If a […]

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George Sheldon has passed away

According to an email by Our Kids’ Director of Communications, George Sheldon passed away last night at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach. Our Kids reported back on August 6 that George had surgery. Their website has not been updated to reflect the news. Sad to learn of the news of George Sheldon’s passing today. He […]

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A word to anyone considering caging a child in Florida

I am very worried that the Trump administration’s asinine efforts to defend the indefensible are going to result in normalizing caging. I can imagine some misguided person, standing in partisan solidarity, caging their own child to prove it’s no big deal. I can imagine some group home worker seeing caging on the news and thinking […]

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A belated Foster Care Month, Tampa is still on fire, and some actually interesting appellate cases.

Here’s your periodic child welfare update. If you have any tips or suggestions, please let us know at rlatham@law.miami.edu. What’s going on in child welfare world Moving and shaking. Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan has been nominated for US Attorney in Miami. News reports have called her a “divorce court judge” and a “family court judge.” […]

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Sometimes you just have to sue. Believe kids. The adoption intervention battles continue. Here’s some child welfare news.

The Miami Herald published a joint Op Ed by the next friends in the H.G. v. Carroll suit detailing why they (we) felt a lawsuit was both necessary and good. Kids in foster care aren’t getting what they need – that’s why we’re suing DCF. A lawsuit against Lutheran Services, Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, […]

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Everything you need to know about Florida child welfare news until something else comes along

Every time I tried to post this entry, I’d find something new in my inbox.  News DCF says its investigators and caseworkers are still carrying dangerously high caseloads. http://floridapolitics.com/archives/247809-workloads-work-life-balance-continue-hobble-children-services-workforce The Tampa Bay Times is asking for records regarding abuse of adults by home health care providers. The case was assigned to Karen Gievers.  DCF is not […]

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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 […]

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George Sheldon in talks to head Our Kids

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that George Sheldon is in talks with Our Kids to become their new CEO. Sheldon is the current Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and has a long career in politics and child welfare (wikipedia). According to the Tribune, Our Kids’ board chair Keith Ward supports Sheldon. “He wants […]

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DCF investigating Miami’s child welfare dysfunction

The Department of Children and Families is convening a Peer Review Team to investigate the problems in Miami. I don’t know if it’s a public meeting, but it should be.  See email below for details. From: Mike Carroll <Mike_Carroll@info.dcf.state.fl.us> Date: 04/25/2017 10:30 AM (GMT-05:00) To: “Ferradaz, Gilda” <Gilda.Ferradaz@myflfamilies.com> Subject: Miami Peer Review Launch Meeting (5/1/17: […]

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CYLC files petition for reunification through developmental disability services

The Children and Youth Law Clinic (where I work) recently filed a petition with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities asking the agency to clarify the procedure and criteria for removing foster children from the Waitlist when they are reunified with their parents. Specifically, we asked about the procedure for children with severe developmental disabilities who can […]