A Message from Jeanne Milstein
"Learning from Tragedy: Preventing the Deaths of Children"
"If you are not outraged, you're not paying attention."
Since my appointment as Child Advocate and chairperson of the Child Fatality Review Panel (CFRP) in June of 2000, I have personally had responsibility for the oversight of the fatality investigations of children who came from complex social environments and were referred to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and other public agencies by concerned citizens, providers and family members who were worried about their safety and well-being.
While all child deaths reported to the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) are reviewed, thorough investigations are conducted into those situations where there are indications of possible public systems failures. The purpose of these investigations is to determine whether public agencies and professionals who are responsible for protecting children can do a better job and to identify opportunities to improve practice. CGS 46a-13l articulates responsibility to advocate for necessary changes in public policy and practice to ensure the safety and well-being of Connecticut’s children.
If you are worried about a child's well being or safety, there is, most likely, a cause for your concern. Join us in speaking up for Connecticut's children. You can make a difference in a child's life.