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4 President's Office: Panel on Child Protection

Panel on Child Protection

I. Overview

Title: Records of Panel on Child Protection

Date: 2000-2002

Location: 04/07-09

Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language: English

Note: This records are part of Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin, O.P., PhD., Collection - Appointments


II. Historical note

When the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) became engulfed in scandal in April, 2002, Governor Jeb Bush appointed a four-member Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Protection to investigate and report back to him quickly. David Lawrence, Jr., former publisher of The Miami Herald and currently chairman of the Florida Partnership for School Readiness, was named chairman of the panel, joined by child welfare expert Sara Herald; Carol Lidko, the governor's former counsel; and Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin, president of Barry University. Eight public hearings were held between May 8 and 27, 2002, with testimony from a wide spectrum of local, state, and national experts on child welfare, pertinent agencies, and some parents of children in DCF custody. The panel received and reviewed stacks of reports, studies, charts, graphs, transcripts of testimony and e-mails, as well as numerous newspaper articles.

Some of the agencies supplying information to the panel, and included in this record, are The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, Foster Care Review, Project Hope, Children First Project, and the Guardian ad Litem Program.

III. The Collection

The collection includes copies of materials considered by the panel; reports, minutes of public hearings, correspondence, recommendations and comments sent to members of the panel. The collection also includes records on the Florida Department of Children and Families, such us the publication "The Department of Children and Families--Past, Present and Future; A Work in Progress," issued by Judge Kathleen A, Kearney, Secretary of DCF.

IV. Container list

Box                 Title

04/07             Dept. of Children and Families:A Work in Progress

                        Communications to the Panel

                        Correspondence re Lost or Abused Childrenn

                        Formal Complaint against FDFC

Public Hearings, May, 2002

Correspondence to Panel

Minutes of Public Hearings

                        Newspaper Reprints re FDFC

                        E-Mail re Abused Children

                        Final Report of Panel

                        District 11— Statistics

04/08             National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

                        Justification Review of Program, March, 2002

                        Foster Care Review—Annual Report 2000-2001

                        Family Safety

                        Project Hope

                        Case of Ashleigh D. Abbott

                        Leslie Daeda Case/Alisha, daughter

                        “Children First” Program Presentation to Panel

                        Council on Accreditation

                        Guardian ad Litem


                        Sr. Jeanne’s Appointment to Panel (Fax from Gov. Bush)

04/09             Blue Ribbon Final Report 05/28/02, Section A

                        Blue Ribbon Final Report 05/28/02, Section B

                        Blue Ribbon Final Report 05/28/02, Section C and D

            Summary of Reports, Recommendations, Actions and Current

                        Status, May 14, 2002


V. Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Transfer, President's Office, 2003 Jun. 16

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research

Processed by: Sister Arnold Benedetto, O.P., revised by Ximena Valdivia, 2011

Preferred Citation: Records of Panel on Child Protection, Barry University Archives and Special Collections, Miami Shores, Florida

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