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Progress Report: Child Welfare Legal Services Makes Some Improvements, But Other Changes Needed, Report No. 05-47, September 2005
 
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The Department of Children and Families has made improvements in Child Welfare Legal Services by reducing caseloads for Child Welfare Legal Services attorneys and adopting some national best practices. The department is taking preliminary steps to enhance professional development opportunities, establish a case management system, and implement a quality management system for Child Welfare Legal Services attorneys. However, the department has not yet finished addressing these recommendations.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 04-05 Special Report:  Child Welfare Legal Services Should Be Provided by DCF or Private Law Firms,published in January 2004.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Family Safety
Department of Children and Families

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.
  • Report No. 06-05 Additional Improvements Are Needed as DCF Redesigns Its Lead Agency Oversight Systems, published in January 2006.
  • 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. 04-65 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. 03-09 Progress Report: Child Protection Program Makes Needed Changes But Lacks Data for Evaluating Results of Initiatives, published in January 2003.

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