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Bills Would Expand Oversight Of DCF, Shift Death Investigations To Child Advocate

Bills Would Expand Oversight Of DCF, Shift Death Investigations To Child Advocate

The Department of Children and Families falters in gauging risky households, enforcing foster-care licensing rules, and relying on unenforceable "safety plans" for children when family members have troubling backgrounds, two legislative leaders testified Tuesday.

With those assertions as the backdrop, Sen. Leonard Fasano, a Republican of North Haven, and Rep. Toni Walker, a Democrat of New Haven, proposed four bills that they said would markedly increase the independent oversight of the sprawling department.

Saying the agency is highly scrutinized as it is, DCF officials objected to all four bills, and the co-chairwoman of the committee on children said some of the...

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