News Articles: DCF effectiveness in 2014

Lawsuit says Vermont DCF ignored abuse
August 27, 2014
Child Abuse/Neglect Cases Spiked in 2014,  Data Shows
VT  Digger
August 20, 2014
Doctors testify on VT child protection issues
Burlington Free Press
August 13, 2014
Protecting children: The Legislature’s move
Burlington Free Press
August 5, 2014
Protect children by strengthening families
Rutland Herald
August 3, 2014
Sorrell urges confidentiality reforms for kids
Burlington Free Press
July 31, 2014
Sorrell: Reduce privacy in child cases
Burlington Free Press
July 29, 2014
Sorrell Recommends Changes to Child Protection 
FOX 44
July 29, 2014
Cops: 2-year-old beaten to death by mom’s boyfriend
July 29, 2014
Safety First
The Times Argus
July 25, 2014
Boyfriend Pleads not Guilty in Toddler’s Death
July 25, 2014
Child Protection Crisis
July 24, 2014
New Social Workers Merely A ‘Tourniquet,’ DCF says
VT Digger
July 24, 2014
Administration Review of DCF Delayed 
VT Digger
July 18, 2014
A Closer Look at how Vermont Protects Children
July 15, 2014
DCF Worker Cleared in Death of Winooski Toddler
VT Digger
July 10, 2014
DCF Unresponsive to Calls About Older Youths, Organizations Say
VT Digger
July 1, 2014
No Conflict of Interest Seen in Rutland DCF Appointment
VT Digger
June 23, 2014
Human Services Chief Shuffles Staff in Wake of DCF Problems
VT Digger
June 20, 2014
Mother of Third Baby to Die in Three Months Speaks Out
VT Digger
June 18th, 2014
DCF Commissioner Acknowledges Communications Failure, Says his Department is Stretched too Thin
VT Digger
June 16, 2014
Report Details Communication Breakdown in Dezirae Sheldon Case
VT Digger
June 14, 2014
DCF under Fire at Hearing
Burlington Free Press
June 10, 2014
Child Abuse and Secrecy
Guardian Liberty Voice
June 4, 2014
Vermont Kids Deserve Better
Bennington Banner
June 4, 2014
Public sounds off for DCF changes after child deaths
Burlington Free Press
June 4, 2014
Parents, Foster Parents Share Frustrations with DCF
VT Digger
June 8, 2014

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