Legislators are growing increasingly concerned with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s push to lock in an $800 million budget for the state agency responsible for the care of thousands of abused and neglected children – while he promises to slash spending elsewhere.
The Department of Children and Families says it has been able to absorb large budget cuts and better serve vulnerable children by placing more of them with family members and fewer with strangers in expensive group homes. But critics say the agency hasn’t been allowed to redirect enough of those savings into community support to improve outcomes. And more cuts loom.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that Joette Katz will remain in charge of the Department of Children and Families — the state agency that has 4,000 abused and neglected children in its care on any given day.
WASHINGTON – Five Connecticut teenagers were among dozens of children in foster care invited to Washington this week to attend a White House event entitled “Improving Outcomes for Our Nation’s Foster Youth.”