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Florida DCF Review Panel: Changes Needed to Protect Children’s Lives

February 26th, 2011   No Comments   Abuse

A panel created to review the tragic death of Miami adopted child Nubia Barahona and the critical injuries of her twin brother, Victor, has raised serious questions for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Its findings: Changes are required to ensure greater protection of every child under state care.

According to the Miami Herald, “facts leading up to Nubia Barahona’s death and Victor Barahona’s injuries — including whether investigators, guardians and licensing officials followed state-mandated procedures and used “common sense” to guarantee that the children were safe — need to be analyzed before any recommendations are made, panel members said.”

“We are just starting the process, and I don’t have any judgment yet,” said David Lawrence, former publisher of The Miami Herald, who was named to the panel by DCF Secretary David Wilkins. Other panelists include Bobby Martinez and James Sewell. “The only thing that I know is that a child suffered and died. What do we do about it?”

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