Audit: Department of Children and Families Records Inadequate

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families couldn’t prove to federal auditors that it performed background checks for many prospective foster or adoptive families, potentially putting thousands of children at risk.  According to the report, DCF could not provide any evidence of many required checks, including state and national criminal records, child abuse and neglect registry checks.  “On the basis of our sample results, we estimated that the safety of 2,862 of the 4,566 (63 percent) covered by our review may have been at risk,” the report said.  Without the adequate background checks, the state is ineligible for federal reimbursement of adoption assistance payments.

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