May 1, 2014

DCF fails to deliver on promises of transparency

In the wake of one of the deadliest eras in the history of Florida child welfare, administrators pledged to be more open, even suggesting the added scrutiny could help the agency keep more youngsters safe. “The answer is to keep this in the public eye,” DCF interim Secretary Esther Jacobo said in January while discussing ways to reform the troubled agency. But even as lawmakers debated measures to require the Department of Children & Families to be more transparent, the agency has pushed to weaken them and has already quietly adopted internal policies making it harder for the public to track agency actions.

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