HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut officials say they are finalizing changes that will soon reform how the state’s child welfare agency deals with less serious neglect cases by working more closely with families.

Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz announced Thursday that the department will implement a Differential Response system for reports of child abuse and neglect, beginning in early March.

The Differential Response system allows DCF to respond more appropriately to allegations of neglect and reports of child abuse by considering the factors surrounding a claim.

This system will fall under the department’s new Strengthening Families practice model, which focuses on family participation in evaluating reports of neglect and abuse, foster care and other services provided by DCF.

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