Review Of 250 Reports By DCF Investigators Accused Of Lying Shows 40 Percent Falsified

Caseworkers at the Florida Department of Children and Families are being forced to shoulder nearly unbelievable workloads, leading some to falsify records, according to a new report by an Orlando TV news station.

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A single child protection investigator in the (DCF) had at one point 32 cases with 77 accompanying children, show DCF documents provided to ABC affiliate WFTV.

The state agency tasked with overseeing child welfare in the Sunshine State gave the ABC News Channel 9 Investigates team – which carried out an examination of DCF employee record falsifications, running the segment Wednesday night – records indicating 59 employees had been terminated since sometime in 2014, reporter Daralene Jones said.

There are 267 DCF investigators currently deployed throughout DCF’s Central Florida classification region.

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But, as Jones noted, the number didn’t factor in the hundreds of employees contracted by the state through what it calls community-based care agencies (what it commonly refers to as CBCs) and, statewide, through sheriff’s offices.

Of Florida’s 67 counties, six county sheriff’s offices have child protective divisions who take lead on child welfare reports over DCF investigators – of those six, four are in the Tampa Bay area (Manatee, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco), one is in the Orlando (Seminole County) area. The other is Broward County.

The report cited the average caseload for DCF investigators is currently between 18 to 21. One former DCF investigator Jones spoke with, who remained anonymous for the report, said he’d had 34 cases at one time during a particularly busy point before he was arrested for falsifying reports in portions of some of his investigations. At the time of the arrest, he told Jones, there were 24 open cases involving 36 children.

DCF Secretary Mike Carroll

DCF Secretary Mike Carroll

DCF Secretary Mike Carroll told state legislators in a committee meeting last week he’d like to get that number down to 15.

But is that possible?

A memo dated Feb. 28, 2017, cites March 1 as the day the agency – under Carroll’s directive – is set to streamline management of cases by reducing “excessive documentation,” so child protection investigators can move more swiftly in opening and closing their cases.

As of Wednesday, “less than 4 percent of our CPI workforce is carrying a caseload of more than 30 open investigations and 18 percent of the workforce has a caseload of 25 open investigations,” Carroll said in the memo.

Carroll refused multiple interviews with Channel 9.

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3 comments to Review Of 250 Reports By DCF Investigators Accused Of Lying Shows 40 Percent Falsified

  • Betsy Pruitt

    Most of the calls they recieve are false allegations made by people who are trying to cause problems. The mormon church is notorious for this. If a member leaves the church and the spouse stays in the church they feel that it is ok to lie because IT is for the “greater good” for the children to stay in the “one true church”. Christ has NOTHING to do with ANYTHING.

  • This is why all this is going on, It has been going on since 1997 Caused by Walter Mondale and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
    https://youtu.be/CKM0nRASkpg

  • I know that the title Iv.funding must be Abolished. .cameras on CPS sw recorders in the courtroom and on every CPS social worker proof evidence. ..strengthen the family unit end child removal with no exigent circumstances false reports unfounded allegations Reallocate the funding for the strengthening the family and enforce the constitutional laws parents rights Make it a safe humane system not a racketeering child trafficking industry where children are abused exploited missing n murdered for the revenue or shut it down

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