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Transgender Teen
1:58 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Connecticut Child Advocate Criticizes DCF for Care of Transgender Teen

Connecticut's child advocate, Sarah Eagan, in a file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

The Office of the Child Advocate is criticizing the Connecticut Department of Children and Families for its "public shaming" of Jane Doe after a recent incident at the state locked unit for troubled girls. Child advocate Sarah Eagan is also concerned about how often DCF staff is restraining youth at the state's locked facilities for girls and boys.

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Transgender Teen
8:54 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Transgender Community Watching Connecticut's Jane Doe Case

Supporters of Jane Doe rallied in Hartford last spring.
Lucy Nalpathanchil WNPR

The transgender community has been watching Connecticut and its handling of a 16-year-old transgender girl, who's in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families.

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Transgender Teen
4:52 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Jane Doe Will Be Transferred to Middletown Girls Unit

Credit Connecticut Dept. of Correction

A 16-year-old transgender girl who was placed at York women's prison in April will be moved next week.

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News
1:25 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Recent Homicides Lead Advocates to Discuss Prevention

Karen Jarmoc, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

The recent murders of two Connecticut women spurred a roundtable discussion Thursday organized by the state child advocate and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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Juvenile Justice
3:24 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Transgender Teen Could Be Moved to Massachusetts Facility

York Correctional Facility in Niantic.
Credit Connecticut Dept. of Correction

A 16-year-old transgender girl who's been held at Connecticut's women's prison for almost two months could be moved to a Massachusetts facility in the next couple of weeks. 

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Transgender Teen
3:09 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Talks Continue to Place Jane Doe With Foster Family

Robin McHaelen, director of True Colors, an advocacy group for LGBT youth.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Advocates for a 16-year-old transgender girl at York women’s prison are working with the Department of Children and Families to find a foster family for Jane Doe. Her story continues to attract national attention. 

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Legislative Session
10:10 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Child Advocate Says Legislative Session Was Good For Connecticut's Children

Sarah Eagan applauded Gov. Malloy for finding room in the state budget to create over 1,000 new pre-K spots for needy children.
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Connecticut's Child Advocate Sarah Eagan said the 2014 legislative session was beneficial for the children of Connecticut. 

Overall, Eagan said she's happy with what was accomplished in this short legislative session, including finding room in the budget to pay for 1,020 new preschool spots statewide.

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Juvenile Justice
12:23 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Transgender Teen at York Moved to Different Part of Prison

Sarah Eagan is Connecticut's child advocate.
Credit Chion Wolf

A 16-year-old transgender girl who has been detained at the state women's prison for more than a month has been moved to another location at the prison.

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Juvenile Justice
4:26 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Governor Malloy Pressures DCF to Move Transgender Teen Out of Prison

Governor Dannel Malloy.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy is calling for quick action to remove a 16-year-old transgender teen out of Connecticut's women's prison.

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Juvenile Justice
3:42 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Rallies Held in Connecticut and New York City For Jane Doe

A rally in Hartford in support of an imprisoned transgender teen on Friday included members of activist groups and other supporters.
Lucy Nalpathanchil WNPR

DCF Commissioner Joette Katz met on Friday with the juvenile who was the focus of two rallies in Connecticut and New York City.

More than three dozen supporters of a transgender teen being held at Connecticut's women's prison protested in front of the Department of Children and Families headquarters in Hartford.

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Juvenile Justice
5:33 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Jane Doe Speaks From Prison: "I Don't Deserve This"

York Correctional Institution in Niantic, where Jane Doe is being held.
Credit Connecticut Dept. of Correction

The 16-year-old transgender girl who has been detained at a Connecticut women's prison for over two weeks issued a statement on Wednesday asking DCF Commissioner Joette Katz to visit her in prison.

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Juvenile Justice
3:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Transgender Teen In Adult Prison For Nearly Two Weeks

Credit Joshua Davis

Attorneys for the teen and the state are moving towards an agreement on "conditions of confinement" as a 16-year-old transgender girl reaches the two-week mark for being detained at Connecticut's women's prison. Her lawyers have been adamant that she be removed from York Correctional Institution as soon as possible.    

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Transgender Teen
3:23 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

DCF Commissioner Defends Transfer of Transgender Juvenile to York Prison

Joette Katz during an earlier visit to WNPR.
Chion Wolf WNPR

The Commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families is defending her agency's rare transfer of a 16-year-old transgender girl to Connecticut’s women’s prison. Joette Katz said the state had run out of options for the troubled youth.

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Juvenile Justice
6:01 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Transgender Teen Outlines Years of Abuse While in DCF Custody

Credit Brian Turner / Creative Commons

A temporary restraining order has been filed in federal court on behalf of a transgender juvenile being detained at Connecticut's women's prison. It includes an affidavit from the 16-year-old alleging multiple accounts of physical and sexual abuse while she was in DCF custody.

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Juvenile Justice
6:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

DOC: Transgender Teen Will Remain at Adult Women's Prison

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Attorneys for the transgender juvenile at a Connecticut women's prison say the Department of Correction will not transfer the teen to Manson Correctional Institution, a male facility.

Aaron Romano, who is representing the juvenile in federal court, is working with the DOC on a plan that he hopes will be more rehabilitative, despite the fact the 16-year-old is in a correctional adult facility.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

DCF's Handling of a Transgender Teen; Updates on a Heroin Epidemic

What's causing the nation's heroin epidemic?
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The U.S. is in the middle of a heroin epidemic. It’s something that has become increasingly problematic in northeastern states like Connecticut. This hour, a panel of local reporters and health experts from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts share their stories. 

We also hear about a controversial decision by the state Department of Children and Families to transfer a transgender teenager to one of Connecticut’s adult prisons, even though, as we’ve discussed on the show, the state now has a “locked” facility for girls like her. WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil joins us with more on that story.

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Juvenile Justice
3:44 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Attorneys Go to Federal Court in Case of Transgender Teen at York

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Attorneys for a transgender teen recently placed at Connecticut's women's prison said the Department of Correction is expected to announce on Friday whether she will remain there, or be sent to a male facility. 

Meanwhile, an attorney for the 16-year-old was in federal court Thursday morning.

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Juvenile Justice
4:19 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Transgender Teen Sent to Connecticut Adult Prison

York Correctional Institution in Niantic.
Credit Connecticut Dept. of Correction

For the first time in state prison history, a transgender juvenile is being detained at an adult prison.

The juvenile was sent to York Correctional Institution in Niantic on Tuesday after a judge transferred custody of the teen from the state Department of Children and Families.

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Connecticut First
6:17 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Suggests Police Carry Narcan; Locked Facility for Girls to Open this Month

U.S Attorney General Eric Holder called an increase in heroin overdoses nationwide an "urgent public health crisis" and suggested law enforcement carry Narcan, a drug that can reverse opiate overdoses.  States like Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, already train first responders on Narcan.  Currently Connecticut police don't carry it - paramedics and hospital staff administer the drug.  A dramatic increase in drug overdose is a growing problem in the region but Hartford Police Department spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley believes Connecticut police officers carrying Narcan is a long way off .  

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

DCF’s Locked Facility for Girls; Sandy Relief Funds; Aid-in-Dying Legislation

Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the East Coast in late 2012.
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A few weeks ago, we held a conversation about the Connecticut Department of Children and Families’ proposal to open a second locked facility for juvenile justice involved girls. It’s a project that has been at the center of intense debate across the state, as many wonder if it’s the best treatment option for at-risk youths.

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Trafficking Victims
6:26 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Sixteen Minors Rescued in Trafficking Ring Around Super Bowl 48

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The FBI and dozens of law enforcement agencies rescued 16 juveniles in four states, including Connecticut, during an operation that targeted forced prostitution around the Super Bowl. 

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Child Victims
8:32 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Sex Trafficking Isn't Just an Overseas Problem

Audrey Morrissey, DMST Expert, Associate Director of My Life My Choice.
Credit Lucy Nalpathanchil / WNPR

A woman who was was forced into prostitution as a teenager spoke at the state's first conference on domestic sex trafficking. 

Audrey Morrissey, 51, is a Massachusetts resident who detailed how she was forced into prostitution after suffering from low self-esteem and lack of nurturing at home. She eventually turned her life around, and now counsels young girls through the initiative, My Life My Choice

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Connecticut First
6:01 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Sex Trafficking Forum Strengthens Partnerships; Textbook Costs Examined

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families held a full-day forum on Wednesday about domestic minor sex trafficking. The aim was to raise awareness of the issue and to strengthen partnerships across the state to combat the victimization of children. Keynote speaker Audrey Morrissey shared her experience as a survivor of the commercial sex industry, and discussed her work teaching young girls how to avoid her fate.

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Foster Children
11:44 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Forum Focuses on Challenges for Youth In State Care

Jaquan Harris of the DCF Youth Advisory Panel.
Credit CT-N

Connecticut Voices for Children held a forum on Thursday called, "Raising the Grade: Improving Educational Opportunities for Youth in State Care." State lawmakers, child advocates, and community leaders gathered at the capitol to hear sometimes emotional testimony from members of the DCF Youth advisory panel, teenagers who have been in the care of the state for most of their lives.

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Connecticut First
10:35 am
Wed January 15, 2014

DCF Developing Children's Behavioral Needs Plan; DEEP Commissioner Discusses Climate Change

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The proposal to address the behavioral, mental, and emotional needs of children is a requirement passed under legislation that was passed by the General Assembly last year. The plan is in response to the shooting in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. DCF is looking to create the plan with help from families along with experts and other advocates. It should be completed by October.

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Child Health
6:19 am
Wed January 15, 2014

DCF Behavioral Health Plan Will Focus on Early Identification

State Senator Dante Bartolomeo said the state should ideally have a "braided" system of services for families.
Credit Ray Hardman / WNPR

The state of Connecticut will begin developing a plan to meet the behavioral health needs of all the children in the state. The plan is required under legislation passed last year by the General Assembly in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Court Oversight
8:06 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Court Monitor: "Inadequate Staffing Levels" Causing "Stressed System" at DCF

DCF court monitor Raymond Mancuso.
The Connecticut Mirror

Raymond Mancuso, the court monitor who oversees progress at Connecticut's Department of Children and Families, in a recent report said the agency is making improvements, and is moving toward an end to court oversight -- with one glaring exception. 

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Families
10:02 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Dads Matter Too! Aims To Strengthen Families

Credit Emily Bell / Creative Commons

Connecticut's Department of Children and Families has organized an event this Sunday in Waterbury called Dads Matter Too!, an opportunity for fathers to enjoy a fun day with their children, and a chance to celebrate the role dads play in their child's life.

The day starts with a 5k road race at 9:10 am, followed by a fun run for the kids, and at 11:00 am, a one mile father/child walk.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Keeping Families Together

Amy DeRosa in her living room with Wellmore caseworker, Candra Bacote
Credit Lucy Nalpathanchil

The last person a struggling parent wants to see at his or her door is a worker from the state Department of Children and Families.  Years of adversarial relationships with families have contributed to the troubled agency's reputation.  In the last year, DCF has adopted a reform that turns the old way of doing things on its head.

Amy DeRosa is a 36 year old mom with two children. She's a pretty positive person despite life handing her one challenge after another.

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Child Health
8:56 am
Mon August 12, 2013

DCF Adopts New Model for Working With Families

Lucy Nalpathanchil

The last person a struggling parent wants to see at his or her door is a worker from the state Department of Children and Families. Years of adversarial relationships with families have contributed to the troubled agency's reputation. Now, as WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, DCF has adopted a reform that turns the old way of doing things on its head.

Amy DeRosa is a 36 year-old mom with two children. She's a pretty positive person despite life handing her one challenge after another

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