Committee on Children
JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT
AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE STATE OVERSIGHT COUNCIL ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
Joint Favorable Substitute
SPONSORS OF BILL:
Introduced by Committee on Children
REASONS FOR BILL:
To increase the independence and transparency of Department of Children and Families Oversight.
***Substitute language as contained in LCO # 5019, expands Council membership and specifies the contents of and procedure for annual presentations and reporting.***
RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:
Sarah Eagan, Child Advocate, State of Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate:
Testified in support of this bill. As the state moves closer to compliance with the federally approved outcome measures of the Juan F. Consent decree, it is imperative that a legislative structure be in place that can set child welfare priorities.
Joette Katz, Commissioner, Department of Children and Families: Testified in support of the bill. Suggests the reporting requirement be made a one-time requirement rather than annual as DCF currently has over 30 separate annual reports required by statute.
Christine Rapillo, Office of the Chief Public Defender: Testified in support of this bill. The child protection system will benefit from the creation of this council.
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch: Does not believe that it would be appropriate for the Judicial Branch to be a part of the State Oversight Council on Children and Families.
NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:
Dr. Lauren Ruth, CT Voices for Children: strongly supports the intent of this bill; believing it will strengthen the state's ability to protect and provide for its children.
NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:
Reported by: Diane Arroyo, Assistant Clerk
Alessandra Burgett, Clerk