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Report on DCF, Barahona released


MIAMI (WFLX) - The investigative panel investigating the handling of Nubia Barahona has issued its report.

Among the findings:

"The red flag of caution and warning was raised many times: By teachers and principals, by a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) and her attorney, by a nurse, by a psychologist, by Nubia's "family" stonewalling the search for fundamental information. But nobody seemingly put it all together."

The report said it didn't seek to condemn DCF and its workers or those involved with the oversight group 'Our Kids'.

The report said "...that every piece of relevant information to a child's life and future is available in one, constantly updated place where everyone responsible for that child's well-being could see that information, discuss it, assess it. And we will apply critical thinking and common sense -- always. None of this happened here. For these and other reasons, Nubia died. Horribly."

The panel said it does not want a bigger bureaucracy. It does say..."steps should be taken to minimize "process" and "bureaucracy," substituting such with making sure we have employed and trained and advanced and compensated fairly the best, most skilled, most caring professionals - and then demanded from each not only those skills, but a great heart and real common sense.

The report issued recommendations that can applied within the next 90 days and others requiring exploration that may well involve legislative and gubernatorial action and leadership.

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