04 Apr 2011

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Author of the award-winning book Finding Fernanda. Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. Redux Pictures photographer. Read more here.


April 2011: Florida DCF in the News

One Jacksonville Child Care Provider Who Tangled with DCF Has Three Centers in Six Years,” reports the Florida Times-Union, on April 4, 2011.

“Most of Jacksonville’s child-care providers rarely get a bad report from the Florida Department of Children and Families for how they keep children healthy and safe. The average number of violations for the last 2½ years for child-care centers is almost 16 per center. But 57 centers have had 30 or more violations. Under a law that went into effect in July 2008, DCF must follow a specific matrix before suspending or revoking a license. And it can be a time-consuming process — so much so that DCF officials can’t remember a time since July 2008 when it forcibly closed a center in Jacksonville.”

Family Seeks Answers in Psychiatric Patient’s Death,” reports the Hartford Courant, on April 2, 2011.

“A Connecticut family is pressing for answers about how Melinda Jakobowski, a 24-year-old psychiatric patient who was transferred from a state hospital to a Florida facility late last year, died in her bed in February while under around-the-clock monitoring by rotating shifts of two staff members… Florida records show that in the last five years, the institute has been the subject of 37 reports of patient abuse or neglect; five of those reports have been verified by the adult-protective division of the Florida Department of Children and Families.”


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