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Vt. lawmakers raise concern with DCF follow-ups

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The commissioner in charge of over-seeing child abuse investigations says he wants to provide more information than he can.

Thursday afternoon lawmakers raised concerns that there's little to no follow-up with those who report potential abuse cases.

Department for Children and Families Commissioner, Dave Yacavone says his hands are tied by the law, and can only talk about cases generally.

He says the mandatory limited response can make abuse-reporters feel like they're being ignored.

"I'm trying to be responsive, but I can't give names, I can't, I'm trying to connect the dots but that doesn't seem like the right way to do it, so what it does, it just breeds on-going unresponsiveness or worse indifference. That's hard," said Yacavone.

Yacavone did say he has some ideas for finding a way to provide more information without trampling privacy concerns.

In response to recent high-profile cases, legislators toured the state to listen to the public's concerns and suggestions for keeping kids safe.

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