One Hope United / Hillsborough Kids Inc
TAMPA — The homegrown, nonprofit agency Hillsborough Kids Inc charged with protecting 2,500 of Hillsborough County's most vulnerable at risk children loses contract of its $65.5 million state contract because of eight dead kids, overwhelming case worker complaints and countless lawsuits.
The eight stood out in a Department of Children and Families study of child deaths statewide. Seven of the eight children were under supervision because of reports of abuse, neglect or abandonment. DCF said no other agency in Florida had so many deaths as Hillsborough Kids Inc.
David Wilkins, state secretary for the Department of Children & Families, has accepted a committee's recommendation to replace Hillsborough Kids Inc. as the lead agency for child welfare services.
The statement from Florida DCF regional director Mike Carroll said "Any death of a child raises concern,". "When you have eight, especially under the circumstances that occurred here, that raises alarms."
After releasing this story on our website we received the following letter from One Hope United's legal team.
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