The statement below in the Miami Herald article that ran yesterday is inaccurate.
From Wednesday, March 19: “A Herald review of the Florida budget found that as overall state spending grew by $10 billion between 2005 and 2013, the resources devoted to child welfare dropped by $80 million.”
This is not true. Funding for child protection has increased each year since Governor Scott took office as demonstrated by the chart below.
The Miami Herald’s earlier publication of this same information accurately acknowledges that these figures reflect the total DCF budget and not child welfare.
From Sunday, March 16: “Florida’s FY 13-14 DCF budget is $2.80 billion, which is $80 million less than it was in FY 05-06 — when the department started operating under a reorganized budget.”
DCF is a very large agency with many responsibilities aside from child welfare such as state mental health facilities, child care licensing, eligibility for federal economic self-
sufficiency programs, and homelessness.