The Jan. 15 article Plan by Gov. Scott to restore DCF money is much too little, much too late. But then Florida has shortchanged its most vulnerable kids for a long time. Scott has just moved it to a new level. As a judge hearing dependency cases, especially termination of parental rights cases and, prior to that, as a special-projects person in the division, I heard the misery we have inflicted upon kids by a grossly underfunded agency and a sometimes indifferent public.
I taught the juvenile law class at the University of Miami Law School for more than 20 years and learned more from my dedicated and committed students than I could teach them. They documented the ramifications of the deficiencies of our child-abuse and neglect nonsystem and made solid observations on improving it.
More money was obvious, but only the beginning. Over the years, the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury made many investigations into the causes and cures of the dependency justice system. Editorials in the Herald weighed in repeatedly, yet, the abuses remain and children die. There is plenty of blame to go around. Floridians must shoulder much of it. Yet, hope abides that this time it might be different.
Chuck Edelstein, Coral Gables