Mike Watkins, DCF's family-safety director, said he can't guarantee that child-protection investigators and supervisors always follow procedures for keeping tabs on children in state custody or properly handle investigations of child abuse and neglect.
"We know our performance most of the time is satisfactory.But I can't tell which kids have been checked on and which kids haven't," Watkins
caseworker, who resigned in March, has been accused of falsely reporting that the child was fine, months after she
said the department failed to double-check the actions of caseworkers and supervisors assigned to Rilya
"I'm very concerned that we're sitting on another potential bombshell," said state Rep.
said there has been a 45 percent increase in investigations during the past four years and a staff of 200 is now handling about 500,000 abuse calls annually. He
also reported that there are 300 children in state custody who have run away from home.
"You say they're runaways, but do you know they're runaways?"asked Rep.