Malloy: New plan will end DCF court oversight

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge in Connecticut has approved a revised agreement that Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says will forge a path toward ending decades of federal oversight of the state’s child welfare agency.

The plan for exiting court oversight was approved Thursday in Bridgeport. It replaces a previous exit plan filed in 2004. Under the revised arrangement, the number of goals the state Department of Children and Families must meet is reduced from 22 to 10.

The new agreement also sets a minimum for DCF’s budget. The agreement requires legislative approval.

DCF’s oversight issues date back to 1989, when a children’s advocacy group filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of children in state custody. It identified numerous problems, such as children being left in dangerous situations.
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