Monday, May 23, 2005

This Post says volumes about Connecticut DCF

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September 11, 2003

Group Seeks Conn. Foster Care Oversight
By MATT APUZZO
Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A national child advocacy group asked a court monitor Thursday to put the state's foster care system under federal control because the agency has failed to improve.

The Department of Children and Families said it has made progress in meeting court requirements and cautioned that removing the agency's authority would disrupt the foster care system.

``We do not believe that receivership is the best path to take for Connecticut's children and families,'' spokesman Gary Kleeblatt said.

DCF has been overseen by a monitor since a 1989 lawsuit alleging the state had not adequately protected children. The agency agreed last year to meet 28 improvement measures, but as of July had met only six.

New York-based Children's Rights Inc . said problems within DCF include overcrowded foster homes, slow investigations, inadequate health and dental care and failure to make scheduled visits with children in statecustody.

The advocacy group asked the monitor to hold DCF in contempt and transfer the commissioner's authority to a federal appointee.

``It's nothing less than disgraceful that with the amount of money pouring into the child welfare system that it's operating as poorly as it is,'' said Ira Lustbader, associate director of Children's Rights.

A message left at the office of the monitor, D. Ray Sirry, was not returned Thursday.

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