Leading the Florida Department of Children and Families is a difficult and thankless job. The front-line jobs in the state’s child welfare system are even tougher. In the wake of recent tragedies, everyone is searching for answers: sheriffs, community-based care providers, religious and community leaders.
Getting all of these partners to work together isn’t easy, but it is essential. We all have a part to play in solving this problem, a philosophy that DCF Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo has embraced. While more must be done to recruit, train, supervise and retain qualified front-line staff responsible for responding to allegations of abuse, we will never achieve sustainable change in child protection services without a significant increase in prevention efforts.
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