Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate

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Parents oppose greater oversight of their home-schooled kids

Connecticut home-school advocates and parents on Wednesday called an ongoing Office of the Child Advocate investigation into home education discriminatory and an invasion of privacy. The OCA opened the investigation after an autistic home-schooled child died of neglect. Continue Reading →

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Child advocate finds many lapses preceded death of Hartford youth

A 17-year-old Hartford youth with autism died from starvation, dehydration and child abuse in February, just weeks after the Department of Children and Families closed its case file on him, an investigative report released Tuesday by the state’s child advocate said. The report criticized several state agencies it said had not taken sufficient action, including DCF, the Hartford Public Schools and the juvenile court. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: The Sandy Hook failure

Federal law requires public schools to seek out, evaluate, identify and provide services to children with disabilities, including children with serious emotional disturbances. In Adam Lanza’s case, apparently, Newtown’s schools did not. Continue Reading →

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Newtown shooter: Report finds failure to address ‘a cascade’ of problems

There were many red flags in Adam Lanza’s life in the years before he killed 20 elementary students in Sandy Hook, according to a report released Friday by Connecticut’s child advocate. Here are four things the state watchdog agency says should be learned from an examination of Lanza’s life. Continue Reading →

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Advocates seek investigation into DCF treatment of court-involved youth

Child advocates are calling on Connecticut lawmakers to set up a special panel to investigate the treatment of children committed to the care of the Department of Children and Families for breaking the law. Continue Reading →

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Questions (and answers) about CT’s new girls’ incarceration unit

“There are girls that really very easily can fill these 10 beds,” said Joette Katz, commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families. Continue Reading →

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