Mike Watkins, the DCF's director of family safety programs, says the number of deaths, runaways and jailed children is so small that it has no serious effect on the statistic.
RECORD ON ADOPTIONS
What's more, Watkins
says, the agency has had great success in moving more children into adoption.
The proportion of foster children available for adoptions, according to Watkins
, has risen from about 58 percent during the year Bush took office to more than 64 percent last year.
''They thought we should have thorough investigations,'' Watkins
said the DCF
continues to ''make every effort'' to see the children within 24 hours.
said, it is simply impossible to assure that an investigator sees a child right away in every case.