Officials say a closed juvenile detention center’s history should not rule out repurposing it as a shelter for migrant children.
Hundreds of foster children have been waiting months for court hearings that were suspended because of the pandemic.
The state typically receives 126 child abuse and neglect reports each day. That number fell in one week to 39.
State auditors say gaps in criminal background check procedures for school bus drivers could place children in jeopardy.
A lawyer for the plaintiffs is optimistic because the agency has made progress in its hiring and caseload goals.
A state-funded program aims to help prevent the suspension of young children by intervening when a child’s behavior is disruptive.
From 2013 to 2018, Connecticut lost 123 infants to sleep-related deaths alone, according to Child Advocate’s office. DCF is attempting to combat this problem.
Da’ee McKnight was in prison for his daughter’s entire childhood. Now he’s working to connect other dads with their kids.
The latest report from DCF’s federal monitor shows that the agency is still failing to meet half of the measures that are part of a court supervised exit plan – particularly those related to hiring and caseloads.
Joette Katz Joette Katz, the former commissioner of the Department of Children and Families and the former Connecticut Associate Supreme Court Justice, has taken a job with the prominent Hartford law firm, Shipman & Goodwin LLP. Katz, who served eight years as commissioner and almost two decades on the state Supreme Court, will work with […]
Vanessa Dorantes joined the Department of Children and Families nearly 27 years ago, one of the scores of social workers hired to bolster an understaffed DCF at the insistence of a federal court monitor. On Monday, she was nominated to lead that agency, which remains under the consent order that led to her hiring in 1992.
Joette Katz, who served under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for eight years, is resigning next month after what is believed to be one of the longest tenures leading a state child-protection agency in the nation. But it wasn’t always easy. Despite Malloy’s loyalty to her, Katz’s abrasive personality, refusal to back down from controversial decisions, and her decision to march the child protection agency in a new and sometimes perilous direction, resulted in a rocky eight years.
Connecticut received Monday what is likely to be a federal overseer’s final assessment of the progress made by the Department of Children and Families during the tenure of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Commissioner Joette Katz, saying the state is closer than ever to ending nearly three decades of federal supervision. But not before the next governor takes office.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a measure Wednesday that would have created a new, legislature-controlled, oversight council for the Department of Children and Families, calling it “a significant intrusion by the legislative branch” in executive authority.
The Department of Children and Families will be hiring 120 social workers to comply with an updated consent decree in the long-running Juan F. case, and the Malloy administration already has warned legislators it will need to spend $10 million more on the agency than is budgeted, the state’s top budget official said Thursday.