Kelly Says Sununu Should Do More About DCYF

Aug 21, 2018

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly says a federal report that found the Division of Children, Youth and Families failing to meet basic standards is fresh proof the state isn't protecting the vulnerable.

Kelly says the state should hire enough staff to limit caseloads at 12 per worker.

"Failing to act represents a moral failure of state government. We cannot continue to allow this to happen. If we can fund tax breaks for wealthy corporations we can fund the agency the protects the most vulnerable children."

The governor says DCYF was in crisis when he took office and that he's made fixing it a priority. In a statement, Sununu noted he'd brought in new leaders, added caseworkers and created the office of child advocate.  

In May, the state paid out $6.75 million to settle a lawsuit over DCFY's failure to protect children from sexual abuse by their parents while under the state's care. Other suits are pending.