DCF aims for more transparency with child deaths

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Department of Children and Families is looking to add more transparency when it comes to child deaths.

DCF Interim Secretary Mike Carroll has called for a new position dedicated to overseeing changes with how they report and track deaths of children in Florida.

In the memo sent to staff, Carroll said the position will be in charge of reporting, data gathering and responding to child deaths.

DCF came under fire after a news organization highlighted the deaths of hundreds of children in the past five years.

Carroll asked for the position to be filled by the end of this month.

He further said, "As the department charged with protecting the vulnerable, our most important work must be to focus on keeping Floridians who cannot protect themselves safe from harm."


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