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The Florida Legislature Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (“OPPAGA”) has issued its report to ensure accountability and strengthen Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program

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Created in 2004, the Guardian ad Litem Program provides trained volunteers to ensure best interest representation for children who are subject to dependency proceedings. Unlike other states, that provide a directed attorney for children in abuse and neglect proceedings in line with the American Bar Association’s Model Act, Florida takes... View Article

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Miami Herald: Reports of child neglect piled up. BSO declared the kids safe. Now the boys are dead.

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Too many children are dying and being seriously injured in Broward County that have had prior investigations and are known to BSO. It’s time for BSO to make children their FIRST priority, fill their open positions and reduce their caseloads. Or BSO should give the protective investigations function back to... View Article

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Nonprofit Industry Veteran Jaye Abbate Joins Florida’s Children First as Vice President of Communications and Community Relations

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Florida’s Children First (FCF), a statewide advocacy organization focused on protecting the legal rights of at-risk and foster care children, is proud to announce the addition of Jaye Abbate as Vice President of Communications and Community Relations. “We are delighted to welcome Jaye to the FCF team,” said Howard Talenfeld,... View Article

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Tampa Bay Times: State agrees to foster care reforms in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, but what about rest of Florida?

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It’s a tragedy that abused and neglected foster children like Naika Venant who died by suicide have been bounced from inappropriate placement to inappropriate placement. It is our hope that Secretary Chad Poppell will make these critical changes throughout Florida. To read more from the Tampa Bay Times, click here.

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