Florida child welfare agency settles ...

Florida child welfare agency settles sex-abuse lawsuit for $10 ...

There are 2 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Oct 23, 2007, titled Florida child welfare agency settles sex-abuse lawsuit for $10 .... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Florida's Department of Children & Families reached a $10 million settlement Monday with the adoptive parents of three brothers who endured neglect from their own parents, sexual abuse at the hands of a foster ...

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Max

United States

#1 Oct 23, 2007
Let's see now, the adoptive parents get $10 Million laid on them for activities that occurred, with DCF responsible, prior to the adoption. Well, I have serious problems with that and here's why.

First, DCF doesn't have $10 Million, in fact they don't have any money other than what the legislature gives from the tax payers. In other words, that $10 Million is coming directly out of my pocket and yours. We tend to forget basic facts like that.

Second, by giving the adoptive parents this money, the state is tacitly acknowledging that DCF would be incapable providing institutional care - which is what the money is for - on its own. Is that because they were incapable before the adoptive parents took custody? Does that mean no significant changes were made at DCF because of this case? Do we just pay out money because it feels good?

Last, the DCF was not the culprit here. If, indeed, there was gross negligence to the tune of $10 Million, then some very specific individuals employed by DCF were negligent or incompetent. Who are they? What penalties are being assessed? What specific steps are being taken to ensure this doesn't happen again?

Government officials once again are just too lax in spending our tax money. One of them even said that if it had been a private institution the damage amount would have been much larger - as though that's supposed to have us think they are protecting our hard-earned tax money? Think again.
seen it before

United States

#2 Oct 23, 2007
How sad for these boys to have to had endured the abuse that they did while in the care of the very people who are supposed to care for them. Unfortunately the failure of full disclosure continues just for the sake of making a placement, whether it is a foster placement or an adoptive placment. I am only surprised that we do not hear about more of these situations. I only hope that these children will receive the best treatment that there is. We owe them that much.

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