Investigators for the Florida Department of Children & Families are failing at their most important job: Assessing the safety of children in troubled homes.
Casey Family Programs, which reviewed the cases of 40 children who died despite being on DCF’s radar, found that investigators had a narrow focus and did not consider many risk factors. One surprising finding is that the most common cause of death was suffocation. Almost a third of the children died while sleeping with parents who rolled onto them while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Child protective workers advised against sleeping with children but didn’t insist on substance abuse treatment.
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