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DCF Improves Readiness Assessment Process; However, Additional Changes Are Needed, Report No. 04-65, September 2004
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The Department of Children and Families has made changes to address our prior recommendations, strengthening its process for determining community-based lead agency readiness to provide child protective services. The department also is making progress in improving its data and accountability monitoring systems.

However, the department needs to take additional action to strengthen the readiness assessment process and its ability to monitor lead agency viability. The department should

  • collect and track information on lead agency technical assistance requests to better identify statewide training needs;
  • better enforce statutory provisions requiring community alliance members to participate in the readiness assessment review;
  • continue its efforts to complete HomeSafenet implementation; and
  • implement a comprehensive, coordinated process for monitoring lead agency viability.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Children and Families
Family Safety

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 07-11 Improved Fiscal and Quality Oversight Is Needed for the Independent Living Program, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-03 CBC Pilot Project Implementation Delayed But Proceeding; Other Initiatives Implemented, published in January 2007.
  • Report No. 06-50 Child Welfare System Performance Mixed in First Year of Statewide Community-Based Care, published in June 2006.
  • Report No. 06-05 Additional Improvements Are Needed as DCF Redesigns Its Lead Agency Oversight Systems, published in January 2006.
  • Report No. 05-61 Improvements in Independent Living Services Will Better Assist State’s Struggling Youth, published in December 2005.
  • Report No. 05-47 Progress Report: Child Welfare Legal Services Makes Some Improvements, But Other Changes Needed, published in September 2005.
  • Report No. 05-40 Progress Report: After Further Delay, DCF Redesigning Child Welfare Training and Taking Steps to Clarify Case Transfer, published in August 2005.
  • Report No. 05-12 OPPAGA Report: Child Welfare Transition Nearly Complete; Budget Allocation and Oversight Systems Need Strengthening, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 04-78 OPPAGA Report: Independent Living Minimum Standards Recommended for Children in Foster Care, published in November 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. 03-09 Progress Report: Child Protection Program Makes Needed Changes But Lacks Data for Evaluating Results of Initiatives, published in January 2003.
  • Report No. 02-16 Progress Report of Justification Review: Child Protection Program, Department of Children and Families, published in March 2002.
  • Report No. 01-14 Justification Review: Child Protection Program, published in March 2001.

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