Department of Children and Families

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More foster care providers are signing up in Florida, according to the Department of Children and Families. The need is great in the western Panhandle, where a growing number of children are needing such care.

According to DCF’s Community-Based Care offices around the state, nearly 1,400 homes were licensed for foster care in the fiscal year that ended on June 30. The total number year is 4,845, up 211 from last year.

Office of Don Gaetz

State lawmakers are beginning their sixth week of work during the 2014 Florida Legislative Session. During the session, WUWF is checking in with Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville).

Office of Don Gaetz

The Florida Legislature is beginning the third week of the 2014 regular session.  During the session, WUWF is checking in with Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville).

Recapping week two, Sen. Gaetz says the center piece of their work was unanimous passage by the Senate of the Florida GI Bill, HB 7015.  The House passed the bill during the first week of the Legislative Session.

USDA

As of Friday, November 1st, more than three and a half million food stamp recipients in Florida will see a reduction in that benefit. The initial reduction in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, comes with the end of the federal stimulus spending package which was passed in 2009 to boost the economy during the Great Recession.

Food stamps to be reduced

Oct 30, 2013

As of Friday, November 1st, more than three and a half million food stamp recipients in Florida will see a reduction in that benefit. The initial reduction in SNAP -- the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – comes with the end of the federal stimulus spending package. That was passed in 2009 to boost the economy during the Great Recession.