MIAMI (AP) -- Florida's child welfare agency is diverting
millions to recruit and train child protective investigators after
the death of a 10-year-old former foster child at the hands of her
Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins
addressed two legislative committees Tuesday. DCF has reduced child investigator caseloads by 30 percent and plans to reduce them by another 30 percent. The agency has hired 100 child investigators
and trained more than 1,100 on interviewing techniques.
DCF is asking permission to redirect $35 million to revamp
technology and overhaul the abuse hotline. The Legislature provided
$5 million last year to begin the process.
The agency hopes to have the system running by the fall of 2012.