D.C. child abuse investigations improving
Child abuse and neglect investigations in the District are improving but often take too long to locate alleged victims and frequently fail to include interviews with teachers, relatives and others likely to have vital insights into the family, according to a new report by the federal court monitor who tracks the city’s child welfare agency.
While noting considerable improvements in investigative practices at the Child and Family Services Agency, the assessment said that some problems cited in earlier reports persist and that a lot of work remains for CFSA and its child protective services unit.
The 47-page report, which was made public Wednesday at a hearing in federal court, comes as child welfare agencies and other District departments are wrestling with budget cuts that earlier this month led to the layoffs of 115 CFSA employees.
-- Henri Cauvin
Washington Post editors
| May 26, 2010; 1:07 PM ET
Categories: DC | Tags: Child abuse, Child and family services, DC, child protection
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