Florida Dept. of Children and Families Base Case

By David F. Carr  |  Posted 2003-03-19 Print this article Print

A 6-year-old Florida girl in foster care disappeared. In New Jersey, a 7-year-old died. How computer systems fail to protect the most vulnerable.

Florida Dept. of Children and Families Base Case">
Florida Dept. of Children and Families Base Case

Headquarters: 1317 Winewood Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: (850) 487-1111

Business: Manages child welfare in Florida, including foster-care placement, and monitoring and investigations of abuse and neglect

State Chief Information Officer: Kimberly Bahrami

Operations for 2002-2003: Budget of $3.8 billion includes $24.5 million for HomeSafenet project

Challenge: Complete HomeSafenet, a long-delayed child-welfare information system to improve identification of high-risk cases and improve child safety


  • Reduce child deaths that follow a report of abuse or neglect. In 2001, 35 such deaths were reported, and a study concluded that at least 74% were preventable

  • Improve tracking of children in foster care, following a report that there were 393 unaccounted-for children in the state's care

  • Eliminate backlog of about 30,000 cases

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    David F. Carr David F. Carr is the Technology Editor for Baseline Magazine, a Ziff Davis publication focused on information technology and its management, with an emphasis on measurable, bottom-line results. He wrote two of Baseline's cover stories focused on the role of technology in disaster recovery, one focused on the response to the tsunami in Indonesia and another on the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.David has been the author or co-author of many Baseline Case Dissections on corporate technology successes and failures (such as the role of Kmart's inept supply chain implementation in its decline versus Wal-Mart or the successful use of technology to create new market opportunities for office furniture maker Herman Miller). He has also written about the FAA's halting attempts to modernize air traffic control, and in 2003 he traveled to Sierra Leone and Liberia to report on the role of technology in United Nations peacekeeping.David joined Baseline prior to the launch of the magazine in 2001 and helped define popular elements of the magazine such as Gotcha!, which offers cautionary tales about technology pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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