(Bridgeport, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – The state and child advocates appear closer to a plan to streamline the system and remove the Department of Children and Families from court oversight.
The new plan, before a U.S. District Court judge, reduces the remaining goals from 22 to 10.
It stems from a lawsuit, Juan v. Malloy.
While the plan that replaces one first filed in 2004 does acknowledge some existing priorities, it also states progress has been made.
It says DCF is working toward decreasing the number of kids in facilities and placing them with family, as well as bringing fewer youngsters into custody.
The new agreement will be submitted for approval by the state legislature, most likely for the 2017 session.