Report: DCF ‘Made all reasonable efforts’ to locate kidnapped child’s biological parents

The Department of Children and Families issued a report Friday saying the agency “made all reasonable efforts to locate” the biological parents of Carlita White after it was discovered her birth certificate was fraudulent and a paternity test the department administered revealed the woman who raised her was not her mother.

After finding no answers from DCF for five years after first suspecting foul play, White turned to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and found a baby photo of herself which led to her discovering she was kidnapped from a hospital in New York at three-weeks old.

“Workers were led to believe that her parents lived in New Haven. DCF staff and supervisors appropriately contacted and accessed the court system, local and federal agencies and other relevant State agencies in pursuit of [her] biological family in a timely way. The Special Review indicates that had staff suspected that [her] family resided in New York or any other location, they willingly would have expanded their search,” a summary of the DCF report reads. “DCF staff indicated that contact with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is typically a function of law enforcement, once it is determined that contact is necessary.”