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Florida Department of Children and Families Miami Administrator Stepping Down

Jacqui Colyer, the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Miami Director, is retiring from her post. Colyer had some two decades’ experience in social services. In an email to staff, DCF Secretary David Wilkins lauded for her “passion and commitment.” But it was the death of Nubia Barahona, and critical injuries to her brother, Victor — two adopted children under the oversight of Colyer’s office — that focused attention on the system. Three DCF workers were either fired or resigned. Colyer and four others were reprimanded for their handling of the Barahona case.

Jacqui Colyer of Florida DCF

Jacqui Colyer of Florida DCF

Still, Colyer had some successes during her time at the top. “During her tenure, the number of children removed from their parents and placed in licensed foster care dropped by 35 percent. DCF also developed 400 community centers, such as medical clinics, where struggling families could apply for food stamps. The centers made it easier for the poor to seek help at locations close to home. Colyer said the agency worked with Miami’s early learning coalition to improve the quality of licensed child care centers and provide better staff training in detecting and preventing child abuse,” the Miami Herald wrote.

A long-time community advocate and once an adoptive parent of a troubled child, Colyer will stay on in a different role with the DCF, according to news reports. Read the entire story here.

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