DCF needs more invested investigators


I cannot emphasize enough the need for the Department of Children & Families to attract kind and caring child protective investigators and for DCF to effectively and thoroughly train its investigators. Some of that is about funding — if there were better and competitive salaries available, then DCF could attract masters level investigators.

It’s also not enough for DCF staff in the field to be well-trained and compassionate. Each case must be staffed with knowledgeable and effective leaders who can implement safety plans and other services in a way that is helpful and not burdensome to the family system.

Rebecca Amster, Miami, who has represented a parent against DCF

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