Sarah Eagan

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State watchdog: Infant’s neglect suggests systemic failure at DCF

Doctors determined that an infant placed by the Department of Children and Families with relatives had been malnourished for months, had weeks-old breaks in bones in both arms, a brain bleed and numerous other injuries. A state watchdog report released Tuesday called the case an “utter collapse of all safeguards,” while DCF says it was an outlier.
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A toddler dies, and the direction of a child welfare agency is tested

The debate over how to best protect children goes back decades, with advocates on one side arguing that keeping families together whenever possible is better for children. But others push back, saying that approach is applied too broadly and keeps children in dangerous environments. Continue Reading →

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DCF commissioner tells legislators: Don’t close juvenile jails

Under fire over questions about how youths are treated while incarcerated — and facing calls from advocates to close the state’s juvenile jails in Middletown — Department of Children and Families Commissioner Wednesday reaffirmed her commitment to keeping the locked facilities she runs open. Continue Reading →

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Expert: Progress made, more needed at jails for young offenders

An expert’s review of DCF’s locked facilities for juvenile offenders highlights the successes of a juvenile justice system that incarcerates fewer youth than 10 years ago, but also raises questions about the adequacy of mental health services provided for at-risk youths both in and outside of jail. 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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