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Progress Report: Child Protection Program Makes Needed Changes But Lacks Data for Evaluating Results of Initiatives, Report No. 03-09, January 2003
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  • The Department of Children and Families’ Child Protection Program implemented several recommendations made in our 2001 report.  The program is now responding faster to hotline calls and monitoring private provider performance more effectively.  However, the program continues to experience a large backlog of child protection investigations.
  • It would be premature to determine results of actions taken by the program to improve performance in the past year.  But even when the actions have been in place long enough, the program still will lack reliable data for gauging effects of some of these initiatives, such as district efforts to recruit and retain new foster parents, and whether the program is beginning investigations within required time limits.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 01-14 Justification Review: Child Protection Program, published in March 2001.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Family Safety

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-50 Child Welfare System Performance Mixed in First Year of Statewide Community-Based Care, published in June 2006./li>
  • Report No. 06-05 Additional Improvements Are Needed as DCF Redesigns Its Lead Agency Oversight Systems, published in January 2006.
  • Report No. 05-47 Progress Report: Child Welfare Legal Services Makes Some Improvements, But Other Changes Needed, published in September 2005.
  • Report No. 04-65 OPPAGA Report: DCF Improves Readiness Assessment Process; However, Additional Changes Are Needed, published in September 2004.
  • Report No. 04-15 Special Report:  DCF’s Lead Agency Readiness Assessment Process Meets Statutory Requirements, But Needs Strengthening, published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 04-03 Special Report: DCF Needs to Improve Child Protection Staff Training and Clarify DCF and Lead Agency Roles, published in January 2004.
  • Report No. 02-16 Progress Report of Justification Review: Child Protection Program, Department of Children and Families, published in March 2002.

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