DCF investigators will get pay raise

Fla. legislature passed bill in response to Barahona case

By Ben Kennedy - Reporter
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MIAMI - The Department of Children and Families released details on new legislation aimed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of child protective investigators.

The Florida Senate and House bill will help with turnover, giving 800 child protective investigators a $4,000 raise. The extra cash will make the job more competitive and help retain current employees.

In addition, DCF will have more resources at their fingertips when they respond to a call. Investigators will have past DCF reports on the family, plus any history with law enforcement.

This news comes after the tragic murder of Nubia Barahona. Her adoptive parents, Carmen and Jorge Barahona await trial on child abuse and murder charges. The discovery uncovered one of Florida's worst child abuse cases and exposed flaws in the DCF's system which is designed to protect children.

"A tragedy like this it affects not just the public, it deeply affects every employee in the department because this is what we strive to do every day to protect families. Oftentimes, evil people do evil things despite the best intentions of government and other people in the community. We can never stop trying to improve and hopefully this one step that will make families safer in the future," said DCF Communication Director Joe Follick.

The pay raises for investigators starts in July 2012.

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