HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut’s child advocate is stepping down after 12 years.

Jeanne Milstein said Tuesday she will retire March 1. In a statement, Milstein said that in her tenure, the Office of the Child Advocate has provided direct assistance to hundreds of children and families, reviewed programs and facilities funded and operated by the state for children and helped lawyers representing children.

Milstein has been a visible activist in state government, handling issues ranging from conditions at Connecticut’s juvenile correctional facilities to the quality of mental health care for children.

Then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell, a Republican, re-appointed Milstein in 2008 to another four-year term. Rell called her the “public voice” for children.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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