Until I had to deal with the Florida Department of Children and Families, I thought some of the criticism of it was unwarranted.
Now I remember someone said, "It takes a village to bring up a child." I say that because when I called I was told three times only the person receiving funds from the agency could make a complaint. Does that account for why some children die because no one in the family could "interfere?"
When a DCF family has to get food from a shelter to feed a family or not pay the rent, something is very wrong.
When a family suddenly has its monthly payment drastically reduced, without explanation, something is wrong.
When after four months they are short $1,000 of the money already taken out of the father's pay, something is wrong.
I checked with two other states. If money is missing, they asked, who investigates?
Without the money, they need how can they keep their credit clean?
Is this another violation of children's rights when their family members cannot look into how they are being cared for by the state?
Who is going to rewrite the rules of procedure for this vital department to protect the children?
Rev. Emmalou Kirchmeier