April 22, 2014

Lawmakers grapple with DCF funds in wake of child deaths; critics warn no money for prevention

4-22-2014 Florida:

In the wake of dozens of child abuse-related deaths, Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would add 400 new child protective investigators.

Critics, however, worry the bill overlooks funding to treat mental health and substance abuse problems that are at the root of most child deaths.

Gov. Rick Scott has proposed giving the Department of Children and Families $32 million to hire more investigators in hopes of reducing caseloads.

According to a report released last fall, Florida is failing to prevent child abuse deaths because welfare authorities overlook danger signs like drug abuse or domestic violence. Most of the children who died were 5 or younger. ..Source.. by KELLI KENNEDY

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