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Child Welfare Commissioner Goes Before Lawmakers

By SUSAN HAIGH  Associated Press  HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s child welfare commissioner assured state legislators Wednesday that many improvements have been made or are currently underway at the state’s two secure, juvenile detention facilities, […]


DCF Commissioner Joette Katz (Courtesy Department of Children and Families)

Top Senate Republican Calls On DCF Commissioner To Quit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Connecticut Senate is calling for the resignation of the Department of Children and Families commissioner, in light of a new report highlighting problems at state juvenile […]


Riverview Hospital and Solnit South Campus. (Courtesy DCF website)

Jailed Transgender Teen Moved To Psych Center

A troubled transgender girl detained in the Connecticut adult women’s prison for two months without criminal charges was moved Tuesday to a psychiatric center for children following an outcry by her supporters.


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Supporters Demand Release of Transgender Teen

An unusual decision to put a transgender girl at a Connecticut women’s prison is sparking a heated debate over how to handle a teenager called dangerous by the state but portrayed as vulnerable by her attorney.


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Audit: DCF Record Checks Inadequate

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.


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DCF Commissioner Testifying In Washington

Connecticut’s top child welfare official will be testifying before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on the state’s efforts to prevent child sex trafficking.