ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) – With over 2,000 people expected to attend, Florida’s Department of Children and Families is set to hold its annual summit Wednesday in Orlando.
Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo, who replaced Secretary David Wilkins last month after his abrupt resignation amid a spike in child deaths and fights with private contractors that oversee foster care, will kick-off the three day event.
A total of nine children have died this year after having some sort of involvement with the agency.
DCF estimates that a total of 2,500 people will attend.
The attendees, including law enforcement, private contractors and guardians ad litem, will hear from experts about improving skills to better protect children and strengthening families.
Lawmakers in South Florida also held a town hall last week to discuss the recent child deaths.
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