State lawmakers grilled child welfare officials about troubles with child death reports coming out of their agency.
Despite reform efforts aimed at creating more transparency surrounding the death of children the state is monitoring, those deaths are still being undercounted, according to The Miami Herald.
Over the last decade, Florida has shed thousands of state jobs and it is evident throughout a host of state agencies that these staff reductions have prevented Florida’s government from doing its job effectively.
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is in hot water, again. This time, a grand jury scolded the agency this week for under reporting child deaths in the state related to abuse or neglect.
As state lawmakers work to change how the state’s child services agency protects vulnerable children in Florida, another child died on the agency’s watch.
The Miami Herald recently published its “Innocents Lost” series—a heartbreaking and thorough look at the state’s troubled child welfare system. In the wake of this reporting, state lawmakers have vowed to make a serious effort to rectify the situation.