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Child Death Information Harder to Find

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

Less than a year after Florida’s Legislature passed a massive overhaul of the state’s child protection system, public information about child abuse deaths has become less detailed and more difficult to access, the Miami Herald reports.

Though laws meant to increase the spotlight on the Department of Children and Families and its investigations, annual reviews of child deaths have shrunk from 179 pages to 17, and respected members of the Florida Death Review Committee have been removed from their posts, according to the Herald.

Sen. Eleanor Sobel, the Democratic chair of the Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee, told the Herald the changes are not what legislatures had hoped to see in the wake of seeing DCF connections to more than 400 child deaths.

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