Families

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  --  A background check the Department of Children and Families did on one Jacksonville woman before it issued her licenses to operate a day care and be a foster parent did not reveal her abusive past, according to new DCF records.

DCF gave Annette Smith a license to operate a day care in 2001 and one to be a foster parent in 2004. But Smith was convicted of child abuse in 1991, which according to DCF's foster care checklist is a disqualifier.

According to DCF, it did a background check on Smith. Documents  just released from the agency are partially redacted, but a check done by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement only shows Smith's 1992 and 1993 DUI arrests and convictions. DUI is not a disqualifier.

Is a Teen Paint Party Too Risque?

Is a Teen Paint Party Too Risque?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Paint parties have been popular with college kids for years, but now local promoters are marketing them to teens.

A company called "TeenGlow" will host the first even teenage paint party on June 12th, and some First Coast parents don't like the idea.  

"Who is really going to know what's going on behind those closed doors," asked Todd Moline, a concerned father.

He did some research about the paint parties after his 16-year-old daughter posted online about the one coming up here in Jacksonville.

"It's just too young, too young to be in that type of atmosphere. It's almost like a rave type atmosphere, bringing them in to the bar scene," said Moline.

Looking through the pictures posted on the TeenGlow website, Moline says he was appalled they're marketing this type of party to teens.

Duval County School Board Cuts Magnet Transportation, Sends Email to Parents

Duval County School Board Cuts Magnet Transportation, Sends Email to Parents

The School Board has been forced to consider reducing /eliminating secondary Magnet transportation over the next 4 years. We want you to know that these decisions were not made lightly, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have on your family.

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Straight Talk, a unique partnership of the Jaguars Foundation with local media, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to help prevent teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections among teens is airing its 2011 show from June 2 through June 9, 2011.   This year’s show is co-hosted by Samantha “Sam,” cheerleader from The ROAR of the Jaguars, Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox and Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings.

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Did you know, CPR Week runs from June 1 to June 7? In celebration of National CPR Week we want you to know that anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

 This June, in honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr.

Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Concert Series-Cool Sounds on Hot Summer Nights

Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Concert Series-Cool Sounds on Hot Summer Nights

The Summer is FINALLY here!! Looking for a way to beat the heat? Then come cool yourslef down at the beach and enjoy the smooth sounds of  national recording artists and regional performers one Sunday each month. Each of the concerts will be held on the following dates:

  • June 12th
  • July 10th
  • August 14th

The concerts will be held at the Seawalk Pavilion on Sunday evenings from 5pm - 9pm. For more information visit www.jaxbeachjazz.com

BBQ Benefit for Foster Children

BBQ Benefit for  Foster Children

Foster Closet, American Culinary Federation, First Coast Chapter and Mojo Bar-B-Que have teamed together for a BBQ Benefit on Sunday, June 5 from noon to 3 pm at The Markets at Town Center located at Gate Parkway and Town Center Parkway, east of St. Johns Town Center. The outdoor family-friendly event will include music, bounce houses, and children’s activities. Ticket sales will benefit north Florida’s foster children at $15 per individual plate, $25 for two, or $40 for a family of four.