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Florida DCF Hires 100 Investigators in Move to Prevent Foster, Adopted Child Deaths, Personal Injury

The Florida Department of Children and Families has hired 100 additional child investigators following the death this spring of Nubia Barahona, 10, and the critical, personal injury suffered by her twin brother, Victor. DCF administrators hope to reduce child investigator caseloads.

DCF has diverted millions of dollars from other areas to boost recruitment and training of child protective investigators. Secretary David Wilkins, speaking to legislative committees Tuesday, said his department has “reduced child investigator caseloads by 30 percent and plans to reduce them by another 30 percent,” notes WTVY.

“DCF is asking permission to redirect $35 million to revamp
technology and overhaul the abuse hotline,” the media outlet reported. “The Legislature provided $5 million last year to begin the process.”

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