Department of Children and Families

Starting next month, a county in the Florida Panhandle will join six others across the state in taking over the child protective investigative duties of the state’s child welfare agency. Walton County Sheriff’s Office received legislative approval this year and the funds to do just that.

Florida’s child welfare officials are doing a review of their system and already looking ahead legislatively on the state and national level on what can be done to further help children within the system.

Florida officials say the number of human trafficking cases have increased more than 50 percent in the state from the previous year.


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November is National Adoption Month, and this week the Children's Network of Southwest Florida is finishing its fourth and final mass-adoption event to boost awareness about the need for adoptive families.

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