Opinion: Children deserve better than an underfunded, dangerous DCF

Susan Bigelow
Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

Sometime on Tuesday, June 24, a 16-year-old transgender girl in DCF care finally left the adult women’s prison where she’d been kept for close to two months. “Jane Doe” has never been charged with a crime, and her detention provoked a national uproar. But her release isn’t nearly the end of the troubled agency’s woes.

Earlier in the month the Office of the Child Advocate released a statement saying they would be investigating nine of the 11 deaths of children under DCF care. DCF later said that six of those deaths, all of which have occurred since the beginning of 2014, involve allegations of maltreatment.

What is going on at DCF?

Frustratingly, that’s not always easy to know. The Office of the Child Advocate investigates cases of child deaths, but there are very few that are easily available on their website. A report about 2013 deaths is forthcoming, but it may be a while before we know anything else about what’s happened this year.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.


One response to “Opinion: Children deserve better than an underfunded, dangerous DCF”

  1. Suzanne

    That this problem is not given its due speaks to the poor judgement and poor values of an entire state. The recent legislative end showed all kinds of photo ops for puppy mills and chocolate milk. No serious analysis of DCF has been done by an outside, nonpartisan, competent auditor to track where ample funds are going and the administration seems lacking the will to prevent deaths and needless incarcerations. Shame on the State and shame on our legislature for letting this one “pass.”

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