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Senators Want to Prevent Foster Kid Deaths

September 20th, 2011 by flanews

Emotions were high today as state senators raised questions about the death of a girl in foster care and why signs her life was in danger were ignored.

Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins told senators, breakdowns between investigators and supervisors kept the state from doing more to save the life of 10 year old Nubia Barahona. Nubias foster parents were arrested for her death in February. Wilkins says the department is open to any changes that would make Floridas foster care system safer.

Obviously when you are talking about kids and tragedy it becomes a very emotional discussion. I understand the committees emotion on this issue. Weve been through the same thing, but we have put together a very aggressive plan to deal with that this session, said Wilkins.

Before Nubia died, DCF was warned by her teachers that she was being abused. An investigator visited with Nubia the day before she was killed. The Senate Children, Family and Elder Affairs Committee is exploring legislation aimed at protecting foster children from abuse.

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