Continuing stress from the last summer hurricanes may be a factor that influenced the growth of child abuse reports rate. Making false reports may also be one of the possible reasons.
The local administrator for the state Department of Children and Families reported the members of the Community Alliance about the measures that were delivered to examine the situation and prevent the future growth of the child abuse reports number. He mentioned the growing population and the stress factor as the possible reasons for the high rates of child abuse reports and gave some numbers - 2034 reports in July, August and September compared to 1594 of the same period last year.
However, the investigators of Department of Children and Families remove fewer children from their homes compared to previous years' experience. The Administrator added that the major efforts were directed towards prevention of the family violence, rather than towards correction of the aftermath. The main policy, he said, is to make the families stay together.
The other part of the meeting was devoted to the discussion of the local agencies activity. They reported that their main mission was to provide homeless children with new families.