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Records of Florida kids were available on Internet

MIAMI — In another black eye for Florida's child-welfare agency, officials acknowledged that confidential records for nearly 4,000 abused and neglected children were available on the Internet until this week.

The files were accessible on the Web site of Kids Central, a privately run children's agency, and included names of children, as well as details such as birth dates, Social Security numbers, photographs, case histories and even directions to foster homes.

The department ordered the Web site shut down Wednesday after being alerted by The Miami Herald, said Janice Johnson, chief executive officer of Kids Central.