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Child Welfare

The Florida Department of Children and Families is now using a new, monthly scoring system for its 20 private groups that serve as the state’s foster care providers, reports Janine Zeitlin of the News Press.

The report cards don’t show much positive in the area of medical oversight, reports Ana Valdes of the Palm Beach Post.

Florida DCF also announced $72 million in grants to help keep the doors open at homeless shelters, reports WCTV. It is money passed through DCF by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Education/Jobs

Before Connecticut Child Advocate Jeanne Milstein retires in March after 12 years on the job,  she will investigate alleged “scream” rooms at a Middletown elementary school, reports NBC Connecticut.

Juvenile Justice

A judge who helped sort out the Luzerne County juvenile court scandal will now sit on a statewide task force created to develop recommendations based on the Penn State sex abuse scandal, reports Holly Herman of the Reading Eagle.