Top Stories2021-02-17T01:59:36-05:00

The Big Problem with SB 1920

Let’s apply the chicken-or-egg question to the child welfare “improvement” proposed by SB 1920, which will mandate a new state government department for state-compensated attorneys representing foster children in dependency hearings. Which should come first – identifying the problem or implementing a solution? The answer may seem obvious, but as The Children’s Campaign listened to testimony presented in a Senate committee hearing, it’s clear some are moving too quickly to propose a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist, rather than digging further to understand the model that’s being proposed or the many negative unintended consequences. The big problem with SB 1920? First it will require significant tax dollars but NOT directed ...Read More

By |April 13, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Report: Florida’s Education and Juvenile Justice Systems Are Failing Black Girls

High rates of disproportionate arrests and lockups in nearly one-fourth of Florida counties    New research by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Sounding the Alarm: Criminalization of Black Girls in Florida, finds Black girls in Florida are disproportionately punished at nearly every disciplinary point in the education and juvenile justice systems. The findings are relevant to bringing forth the overdue justice and educational reforms needed to support the wellbeing of girls and young women. Although Black girls account for just 21% of the girl population in Florida, they are more than two times overrepresented in: Out-of-school suspensions for girls (49%) Incidents involving girls and law enforcement in schools eligible for civil ...Read More

By |March 24, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Florida Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Eliminate Court-Related Fines and Fees on Children

Debt-Free Justice for Children Act continues Florida Legislature’s criminal justice reform work  Elected officials and advocates from the Debt-Free Justice for Children Campaign announced recently the introduction of SB 1926 and HB 1391, also known as the Debt-Free Justice for Children Act, sponsored by Senator Audrey Gibson and Representative Tracie Davis. The legislation would promote education, public safety and hope by:   Eliminating administrative fees and fines on all young people in both the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems up to age 18.  Providing protection from fees and fines in the criminal justice system for cross-over youth eligible for continuing foster care up to age 21.  “Unpaid fines and fees can have ...Read More

By |March 17, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Mourning the Passing of Nilda Pedrosa

The Children’s Campaign, along with our affiliate Voices for Florida, are saddened by the passing of Nilda Pedrosa. In addition to her many accomplishments achieved while Associate Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Staff at the Florida Office of Attorney General, and other high level appointments nationally, a lasting legacy will be the long sought transformation of sex trafficked children and young adults from criminals to victims in need of services. “The Open Doors Outreach Network that exists today and continues to grow throughout Florida would not exist without Nilda’s passion and vision,” said Roy Miller, president of The Children’s Campaign.  “We worked on policy together, appropriations and the formation of advisory ...Read More

By |January 25, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

The Children’s Campaign taps known leaders and advocates to lead Florida’s Count All Kids Committee

A volunteer committee of proven leaders and advocates has joined together to address the potential undercount of children in the 2020 Census. Organized by The Children’s Campaign, a statewide nonpartisan child advocacy organization, the group aims to engage media and augment the work of the more than 300 Local Complete Count Committees and grassroots organizations throughout Florida with a special emphasis on hard-to-count areas. “If Florida does not improve its count of children or, worse, dips, the state will lose more than a BILLION dollars in revenue to support vital children’s services. With gaps and waiting lists existing in nearly all areas of care, which has contributed to Florida’s Kids Count declining ...Read More

By |February 20, 2020|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Children Under 5 Often Undercounted in the Census

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 1 million children under age 5 were not counted in the 2010 Census – 71,307 were missed in Florida alone, according to Partnership for America’s Children calculations.People who do return the forms sometimes simply forget to count everyone living in their household. This can often occur in “complex households” — those with several generations of a family or unrelated families living together, as well as foster or blended families.“Many parents and caregivers don’t realize they need to include all children who live with them full-time or at least most of the time on their census survey, whether they are related or not,” explained Roy Miller, ...Read More

By |February 6, 2020|Breaking News, Top Stories|