Child Welfare Changes
January 25th, 2006

The changes in child welfare services that Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday are a good sign, says the Daily News. The reforms — more money and staff and better coordination — seem “well designed to address fundamental and, ultimately, fatal flaws that were allowed to fester for far too long.” But now Bloomberg must make sure the proposals quickly become a reality, the editorial continues, reminding readers that several months is “an eternity in the life of an abused child.”

The News Juan Gonzalez says Albany must act to protect abused children too. Connections — the states centralized child abuse information system created after the death of 6-year-old Elisa Izquierdo 10 years ago – “has quietly emerged as the biggest single boondoggle in the history of our state’s child welfare agencies,” he writes. As its cost has more than tripled, the system does not work completely and frequently crashes. While Gonzalez says there is no evidence linking Connections woes to the death of Nixzmary Brown, “there is little doubt that this system has been a nightmare for years, one that needlessly devours time and energy from thousands of dedicated social workers throughout this state.”

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