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Once they leave foster care, these most troubled youths often have no reliable adults to advise them or provide emotional support, said Gary Stangler, director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

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Connecticut CPS News Archive

Connecticut News Coverage

by Steve Kobak

The woman accused of lying about her credentials and deceiving parents of autistic students and duping the city out of thousands of dollars appeared in Norwalk Superior Court today.

Stacy Lore, 33, of Carmel, N.Y., was charged with three counts each of second-degree forgery, first-degree larceny and criminal impersonation. Her bond was set at $200,000 and her case was transfered to the Part A dockett at Stamford Superior Court. Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 14.

The Hour

March 31, 2010

by John Pirro

NEW FAIRFIELD -- State police arrested a 48-year-old case worker for the state Department of Children and Families on Saturday after one of his clients accused him of sexually assaulting her at his home last week.

Mark Swan, of Deer Lane, is being held on $501,000 bond at the Troop A barracks in Southbury and is expected to appear in state Superior Court in Danbury on Tuesday. Swan had been the woman's case worker since she was 16, and an investigation "supported the victim's claim" that an assault occurred, police said.

Danbury News Times

February 14, 2010

MIDDLETOWN -- A new program aimed at promoting transparency and openness in the court system will allow members of the public to attend previously-closed juvenile trial proceedings.

The Child Protection Session at the Middlesex Judicial District Courthouse, 1 Court St., will be the site of the new pilot program set to begin Feb. 16, and will increase access to Juvenile Court.

The Middletown Press

February 8, 2010

by Judy Benson

Hartford - Stroke victims and their families say all they want is for patients to have more information about the possible risks of a chiropractic procedure called cervical spinal manipulation.

Chiropractors argue no links to strokes have been proven. Madden represents one side in a contentious proposal being considered by a state Department of Public Health panel over whether chiropractors should be mandated to warn patients that the neck procedure may carry a risk of a rare kind of stroke.

The Day

January 6, 2010

by Christopher Keating

The state House of Representatives voted Wednesday night for a consolidation of the state's probate court system that would eliminate more than half of the courts.

The cash-strapped probate system, which dates to 1698, makes decisions on a daily basis that directly affect families, including interpretations of wills, estates and the termination of parental rights.

Hartford Courant

September 24, 2009

HARTFORD -- A coalition of Hartford community and faith leaders is holding a rally Monday to voice concerns about perceived racial inequalities at Connecticut's Department of Children and Families.

Members of the Men of Color Initiative say there are too few minorities in high-ranking positions at the child welfare agency and believe the regional director of the agency's Hartford office, who is black, has been undermined under a reorganization plan.

The Hartford Courant

August 29, 2009

by David Owens

HARTFORD - A person driving along Farmington Avenue about 6:45 a.m. Friday came upon a 3 1/2-year-old boy in the road at the Laurel Street intersection, police said.

The motorist stopped, grabbed the child from the roadway and called police. The boy was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center and examined. There were "no signs of injury, abuse or neglect," said Hartford Assistant Police Chief Neil Dryfe.

Hartford Courant

July 18, 2009

by Women's Prison Association

The Women's Prison Association (WPA) has released the first-ever national report on prison nursery programs. The report examines the expansion of prison nursery programs across the U.S.

These programs allow incarcerated women to keep their newborns with them in prison for a finite period of time. The report finds that the number of prison-based nursery programs is growing, but that such programs are still relatively rare.


July 13, 2009

by Martha Stone

While leaders in Hartford argue about sweeping service cuts and tax increases to balance the state budget, the citizens of Connecticut who will be among the hardest hit by Gov. Rell's proposed reductions are the children and families who need help most.

They're the kids with extreme emotional or behavioral disorders, mental illnesses and substance addictions who, but for the existence of a vital public resource called the Voluntary Services Program, might otherwise be in foster care or the juvenile justice system.

Hartford Courant

July 1, 2009

by Christopher Keating

Despite the governor's hiring freeze, two state officials say the Department of Children and Families is creating three new supervisory positions at salaries of more than $125,000 each.

The department's spokesman insists that they are not new positions, but the state's child advocate and the longtime co-chairman of the legislature's children's committee disagree and say they will fight the move.

Hartford Courant (CT)

January 30, 2009

by Christine Dempsey and Christopher Keating

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said she is disappointed that Susan Hamilton, the commissioner of the state's beleaguered child welfare department, has been charged with drunken driving, but added that she believes the incident was "an aberration."

Hamilton, 42, of West Hartford, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to drive in the proper lane and was released on a promise to appear in Superior Court in Meriden Feb. 6, police said.

Hartford Courant

January 25, 2009

by Keith M. Phaneuf

HARTFORD -- More than 60 percent of Connecticut's 117 probate court judges would take pay cuts totaling $2.1 million across four years under a plan offered by judges Thursday to stabilize probate finances.

Probate Court Administrator Paul J. Knierim outlined a four-point plan that also would encourage voluntary consolidation of probate districts, centralize oversight of individual court budgets, and establish a probate appellate system to hear appeals.

Journal Inquirer

January 24, 2009

NORTH HAVEN -- The commissioner of the Department of Children and Families has been arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, state police said Friday.

Susan Hamilton, 42, West Hartford failed a field sobriety test after she was pulled over Thursday night on Interstate 91 in North Haven, police said. She was charged with operating under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane, and was released on $500 bond.


January 23, 2009

by Annie Rourke

Hartford (WTNH) -- State leaders called for major changes, to the State's Child Welfare Agency, in a hearing Monday. Among the topics was the death of a baby in DCF care.

Testifying before the Select Committee on Children was DCF Commissioner Susan Hamilton. She admitted the system failed when it gave 7-month-old baby Michael Brown to 42-year-old Suzanne Listro -- a DCF employee and foster mother. There were two prior investigations of Listro for abuse.

News Channel 8

October 20, 2008

MANSFIELD, Conn. -- State police are investigating how a 7-month-old boy died while in state foster care Monday night.

Michael Anthony Brown Jr. was unresponsive when emergency officials arrived at the foster home Monday night. He was pronounced dead after being airlifted to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford.


May 20, 2008

by Colin Poitras

Formichella isn't a child abuser. She has never been cited for child neglect. She is a teacher. A home-school teacher. And therein lies the rub.

Within weeks of pulling her children from the public school system in 2006, Formichella received a letter from the local school superintendent requiring her to sign a form and submit more evidence that her children were being properly schooled. If she didn't, Formichella said, she would risk a neglect investigation by the state Department of Children and Families. Formichella was frightened at first, then incensed.

Hartford Courant (CT)

February 20, 2008

by Daniel P. Jones

Lawyers for a man who says that Dr. George Reardon molested and photographed him naked 30 years ago plan to go to court to lodge the first lawsuit claiming St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center shares responsibility for abuse.

Now in his early 40s and living with his family in the Hartford area, the plaintiff in the lawsuit was among at least a half-dozen boys and girls the lawyers say Reardon recruited from the community and molested in his hospital office under a guise of conducting childhood sexual development studies at St. Francis.

The Hartford Courant

December 3, 2007

by Tina A. Brown

The case against three teenagers charged in the beating death of an 18-year-old in April has been delayed while the attorney for one awaits a slew of records from child welfare authorities.

The defendants and victim - who ran away from a mental hospital just days before she was killed - all had been wards of the state as juveniles and have records with the state Department of Children and Families and with the Department of Mental Heath and Addiction Services.

Hartford Courant

June 23, 2007

NEW BRITAIN -- Computer technicians would be obligated to report child abuse just like doctors, teachers and others who work closely with children, under measures being considered by lawmakers in two states.

At least five states - Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Dakota - require computer technicians to report child pornography. Connecticut and California are considering legislation that would go a step further, adding technicians to the list of "mandated reporters" who notify authorities about any type of child abuse and neglect.

Redding Record Searchlight (CT)

May 19, 2007

Arsenic and Christian music are two of more outlandish allegations that have been made against families whose children are homeschooled recently.

The family let the social worker physically see the children, including the daughter, so he could confirm they were fine. But they declined to let him into their home for interviews with their children.

World Net Daily

February 16, 2007

Our purpose is to offer information, education and resources for parents who have wrongfully had CT DCF intervention.

We offer tools to help you research and assert your inherent, fundamental Parental Rights. The links section provides many references including the CT Judicial Site which has a myriad of educational legal resources.

October 3, 2006

by Lynn B. Cochrane & Jill Davies

A Guide for Parents from the Greater Hartford Legal Assistance, Inc.

Includes: How To Identify Family Problems And Start Fixing Them, Children's Basic Needs, Relationship Problems and more.

October 3, 2006

by Department of Children and Families

Keep up-to-date on the latest DCFS news in Connecticut.

Working together with families and communities to improve child safety, ensuring that more children have permanent families, and advancing the overall well-being of children is the central focus of the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

October 3, 2006

Discover the in's and out's of family custody issues in Connecticut.

The information provided here for adoption, custody, or guardianship of children by custodial grandparents or other custodial relatives is largely summarized from the 1999 Connecticut Resource Guide for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, published by the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) Grandparent Information Center.

October 3, 2006

by Lynn B. Cochrane & Jill Davies

Family Problems, DCF, and the Law: Greater Hartford Legal Assistance, Inc.

This free book has two goals. The first is to give parents information that will help them identify a family problem and take steps to fix it. The second is to help parents and their children if DCF and the courts get involved in their lives.

September 9, 2006

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