DCF Abuse Response Changes Begin

DCF will continue to respond to high-risk incidents with an investigation.

Monday, Mar 5, 2012  |  Updated 7:25 AM EDT
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DCF Abuse Response Changes Begin

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DCF changes being today.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families is changing the way it investigates reports of child neglect and abuse by creating separate responses for low and high-risk incidents.

Beginning on Monday, DCF will perform a family assessment in response to all reports that are deemed low and medium risks.

The assessment will help families reach out for community resources.

Low-risk cases include things like families improperly clothing children in the winter, whereas high-risk incidents include reports of physical and sexual abuse.

The department will continue to respond to high-risk incidents with an investigation.

Currently, DCF investigates all reports of abuse, regardless of the risk level.

The change comes under a department initiative, not through state legislation.
 

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