TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Child welfare officials are creating a new position within their agency, vowing to improve transparency of child abuse death records.
The Department of Children and Families has been under intense scrutiny after a series by The Miami Herald highlighting the deaths of 477 children in the past five years. The newspaper accused the agency of shifting its internal policies regarding the release of child deaths information, sending out records that were so heavily redacted they were nearly useless.
Information is typically public after a child's death, although names of surviving siblings are confidential.
In a memo sent Monday, new interim secretary Mike Carroll said transparency will identify where additional resources are needed to help struggling families.
Florida lawmakers also passed a bill last week requiring DCF to posts child death information on its website.
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