Because one of the biggest cheerleaders for one of the worst leaders in modern child welfare history is now in charge of making it better.
|It was WFLA-TV, not the Tampa Bay Times that exposed the chaos engulfing |
Hillsborough County child welfare, including foster children forced
to spend their days in cars at a convenience store parking lot.
The Kathleen Kearney fan club
Under the leadership of Gov. Bush and Judge Kathleen Kearney … Florida is now in the beginning stages of a full-fledged reform of the child-protection system. ... With [the governor's] significant financial commitment and the changes in policy and law that make the focus of the system 'child safety,' we ought to be shouting from the mountain tops!
When you go into their living rooms for the first time, they say, “Get out of my house.” We've implemented some voluntary programs for people and tried to prevent the abuse from happening. To think that's going to make a dramatic difference is a tough sell.
Board members of Hillsborough Kids also have been asking Card to work to reduce the number of children in Hillsborough County who have been removed from their homes and placed in various types of foster homes. A DCF report issued late Tuesday says the agency should have done a better job in this area.