CT DCF vows changes after child deaths

CT DCF vows changes after child deaths

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Children and Families is promising improvements to help prevent fatalities after a series of child deaths involving families who had contact with the agency.

DCF is expanding its work with child abuse experts to improve how its investigators, hospitals and primary care providers recognize signs.

Commissioner Joette Katz says the agency takes stock of what it could have done differently and better when a child dies.

DCF says there were six child deaths blamed on maltreatment during the first five months of this year.

The Office of the Child Advocate says it was notified of the deaths of 11 children from families involved with DCF over the same period. Those children died from a variety of causes, including a car accident, asphyxiation and possible unsafe sleeping conditions.

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