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Friday, March 21, 2014

Parents are not Held Accountable for Child Abuse Cases

Safety Plans?  In some cases "parents wrote there own safety plans, with DCF apparently hoping for the best outcome." (Bradenton Herald)




The director of Florida's Department of Children and Families stated  the agency wasn't "broken," just "challenged."
As stated in the article "Fix Florida's broken child welfare system"

These are a few of DCF's "challenges":

• Either drugs or alcohol came up in 323 of the child deaths, but the state reduced funding for drug treatment.
• Parents were granted numerous opportunities to improve. In one troubling case, DCF took 26 calls about an endangered infant before the 1-year-old's death. The mother, with 18 arrests, also had a record of numerous DCF reports of chronic drug abuse yet the agency failed to remove the infant in an abundantly clear case of wanton neglect.
• Florida appears too loathe to terminate parental rights. DCF's own lawyers often presented obstacles by citing the lack of "legal sufficiency" -- even when investigators and doctors trained to recognize abuse sought the child's removal.
• The state focused on "safety plans" to keep families together rather than seeking court orders for treatment or counseling. These written promises by parents carried little oversight, and in more than 80 of the child deaths, their parents signed one or more of these pledges. Sometimes parents wrote there own safety plans, with DCF apparently hoping for the best outcome.

~Regardless of the word choice that a director of Department of Children and Families services uses, the end result is the same~ Several investigations that find "severe flaws" within the services,  numerous news reports regarding the findings, and an empty promise that the state will "find a solution that REALLY works"....



Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/03/21/5057373/fix-floridas-broken-child-welfare.html#storylink=cpy