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DCF Proposal: Decrease Worker Caseload

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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The head of Florida’s Department of Children and Families is asking Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to increase her department’s budget.

  Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo wants to reduce caseloads from 13.3 to 10 per investigator, and assign two-person teams to children under the age of 4 who live in high-risk homes, the News Service of Florida reports. A Casey Family Programs study of the deaths of 40 Florida children under DCF care made similar recommendations
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