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Reform letter to the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs.

Reform letter to the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs.

Reform letter to the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs

I penned to our Florida Senators on the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs. A copy went out to each of the members’ email. Please voice your opinion on this child welfare agency’s current state: tell them how you really feel.Reform letter to the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affair

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Hi Senator …,

My name is Kevin L. Ramos. I am the author of the book, THE DEPARTMENT. This book chronicles the lives of DCF Child Protective Investigators and their internal and external struggles to complete their arduous jobs. This book is a work of fiction, but it is based on actual events I was exposed to in my decade of service as a Child Protective Investigator and Child Protective Investigator Supervisor for the state of Florida. I wrote this book because the public needs to understand and respect the individuals responsible for protecting our most vulnerable citizens. I also believe the current internal structure of DCF itself needs to be exposed, since it will repress any type of meaningful reform you enact. Currently, DCF has been under heavy scrutiny due to the number of children that have passed away in the past few months. In your quest to change this system, I believe you must take into account a few facets as you embark on your difficult journey in reforming it.

Firstly, you must take into account the very workforce you task to handle these child abuse investigations. A child welfare worker’s job is not a 9-to-5 job. As you explore ideas to fix our troubled system, I implore that you consider the tremendous work burdens asserted on our current workforce. Technology and gadgetry can only make a worker so much more efficient; in fact, these advancements actually expose workers for what they are— human. The need for instant communication and instant results sometimes blinds us thinking our workers our robots. Workers need a sufficient amount of time conduct an investigation and they also need a sufficient amount of rest. As a former Child Protective Investigator Supervisor, I will tell you that fatigue and burnout are the core reasons why people leave the agency.

Secondly, a meaningful push towards Education and Prevention is a must at curbing the exorbitant amount of abuse cases received by the abuse registry. It’s easier to prevent a problem than to deal with the terrible aftereffects. Take smoking for example. The TRUTH campaign in the 90’s improved and saved the lives of so many. Rather than dealing with issues like lung cancer and emphysema, generations of children were raised to think smoking was “uncool.” Imagine, if we could do the same for child abuse?
Lastly, our legislators must enact stricter laws for people who hurt our children. I distinctly remember abusive parents who bonded out of jail for just a couple of hundred dollars. Without legislation, campaigns like TRUTH would not be as effective. New legislation targeted at those who abuse children is a great way to emphasize our commitment to preserving the lives of our young ones.

I would like to thank your for reading this Senator and I wish you the best of luck in your mission in bettering our child welfare system. If I could be of any service to you, please feel free to contact me personally.

Best Regards,
Kevin L. Ramos

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http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/CF/

Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs
Members

Chair:
Senator Eleanor Sobel (D)
Vice Chair:
Senator Alan Hays (R)

Senator Thad Altman (R)
Senator Oscar Braynon, II (D)
Senator Jeff Clemens (D)
Senator Charles S. “Charlie” Dean, Sr. (R)
Senator Nancy C. Detert (R)
Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R)
Senator Denise Grimsley (R)
Senator Geraldine F. “Geri” Thompson (D)

 

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