Proclamation signed by Gov. Scott gives inaccurate number of family reunificationsby Ana Valdes | July 8th, 2011
For weeks, child welfare officials statewide have been celebrating the news that more than 9,000 children under the state’s care were reunited with their families in 2010. Noting that 9,134 children were reunited with their families from Jan. through Dec. 2010, Gov. Rick Scott signed a proclamation declaring the period between May 8-June 19 as Florida’s Family Reunification Celebration.
It turns out that only 5,877 children were reunited with their families in 2010 – 3,257 less than originally reported by the state Department of Children and Families, a DCF official said after The Palm Beach Post inquired about irregularities in state numbers.
Apparently the person in charge of crunching the numbers at DCF chose an incorrect data category to calculate the amount of child reunifications, the official said.