Quantcast

Shumlin comments on DCF changes - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Shumlin comments on DCF changes

Posted: Updated:
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Department for Children and Families replaced the head of its Rutland Office with an experienced manager.

It is just one of several changes Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine announced late Friday. The moves come after state police released their investigation into the handling of the Dezirae Sheldon case. The toddler died this winter. Her stepfather is charged and the Rutland DCF office had her case.

Gov. Peter , D-Vermont, said on Monday that part of his job is to make sure DCF employees are working to make sure they are doing everything they can to keep kids safe. He told reporters he supports DCF Commissioner Dave Yacovone's suggestion to loosen privacy rules enough to allow for better transparency.

"It's incredibly difficult to have these heart wrenching heartbreaking circumstances develop and then have my team, where they by law, cannot say a word or comment because of confidentiality. We obviously have to protect the interest of the child and the confidentiality of the family, but there also must be some areas where we could be a little more forthcoming that would help keep our kids safer," said Shumlin.

Some of the other changes DCF is making are bringing in outside organizations to review its procedures and hiring six substance abuse counselors to help with clients struggling with addiction issues. The review of the Peighton Geraw case is ongoing. The Winooski toddler died this spring one hour after a DCF worker left his home.

Related Stories:

Big changes at Vt. DCF after deaths of 2 children

DCF cleared of criminal wrongdoing in Vt. toddler's death

Day two of hearings on investigation into DCF policies

Vermonters voice concerns about child protection

Police: No signs of trauma in St. J child's death

Police investigate death of St. Johnsbury child


Child abuse prevention hearings scheduled


Vt. group seeks ouster of top state officials after baby deaths

Shumlin demands examination of DCF systems

Caseworker visited home before Vt. baby's death

Police: Death of Winooski toddler was homicide

Mother of slain toddler speaks out

Rutland business, child advocacy group partner to prevent child abuse

New information about mother of murdered Vt. toddler

Vermont's foster care system and claims of child abuse

Vt. lawmakers probe child protective services

Police investigate threats against DCF workers

Vigils planned for slain Vt. toddler

DCF workers threatened after toddler's death

Threats against DCF workers as Vt. launches probe into toddler's death

Shumlin orders investigation into Vt. toddler's death

Protest targets DCF in case of slain child

Volatile court hearing in murder of 2-year-old

Vermont's foster care system and claims of child abuse

Family of slain 2-year-old speak out

UPDATE : Police investigating Vt. toddler's death



Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.