Audit: DCF Record Checks Inadequate

By SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A report from the Office of Inspector General says Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families couldn’t prove to federal auditors it performed required background checks for prospective foster or adoptive families whose subsidy payments were claimed for federal reimbursement in 2009 and 2010.

Auditors say thousands of children were potentially put at risk without those checks. The report, first obtained by The Associated Press, will be released publicly Friday.

The state’s child welfare office, however, contends background checks were conducted and most of the missing records were located after the audit was completed. DCF Commissioner Joette Katz says the audit period stemmed from a prior administration and improvements have since been made.

Because payments were made without adequate documentation, the audit says DCF owes the federal government $17.5 million.

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