What’s Being Missed in the Aftermath of the “Bonnie and Clyde” Rampage

The heart-pounding shootout between Volusia County law enforcement and a 12-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl continues to shock the nation. Just yesterday, two weeks after the incident, State Attorney R.J. Larizza held a news conference on the case that garnered national attention. Although many are still reeling, child advocates aligned with The Children’s Campaign believe it wasn’t a matter if a “Bonnie and Clyde” youth rampage could happen, but when. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood called both Florida’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems “broken.” But unpacking the reasons for why this tragedy happened, which appeared to some to be a potential suicide-by-cop in the making, is more complicated. A ...Read More

2021-06-22T13:27:12-04:00June 22, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Is a Lack of Transparency Costing Children’s Lives?

Stonewalling by agency heads and private corporations caring for Florida’s most vulnerable children is raising serious questions about transparency in the aftermath of violent sexual abuse of a girl at Miami Girls Academy, regulated by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and the brutal death of a Jacksonville child in kinship care, regulated by the Florida Department of Children & Families. Appearing to Hide Behind Confidentiality The questionable application of confidentiality guidelines raises suspicion, as well as magnifies the serious problems caused when expansive private corporations have no real ties to the state or voices of local citizens at their table. In Miami, the Miami Girls Academy, a residential juvenile ...Read More

2021-06-02T12:54:43-04:00June 2, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

End of Session Capitol Report

Victories for Kids, Modest Improvements, and Missed Opportunities The 2021 Session came to a close with policymakers and Floridians looking toward the future and a new normal in a freshly vaccinated pandemic world. Our nation’s strife was reflected in session with highly partisan, first-introduced bills flying through the process with party divided votes. Policymakers passed measures impacting voter laws, social media censorship, trans children’s rights, and alcohol-to-go all while grappling with the appropriate use of the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars. Despite the polarizing issues, some significant victories for children in our 2021 Policy Playbook/ Legislative Agenda were achieved. There were also modest changes for kids that didn’t ...Read More

2021-05-20T10:14:40-04:00May 16, 2021|Breaking News, Capitol Report|