NJ to limit reports on child welfare deaths

July 27, 2009 4:15:32 AM PDT
New rules will limit details about the deaths of children under the supervision of New Jersey's child welfare agency. The state had been issuing annual reports about what happened in each death for the past six years.

Under the new policy, the state reports will focus on trends.

State officials say reporting individual cases is not a useful way to assess how the child-welfare system is working.

Child advocates say fewer details could allow the state to avoid public scrutiny.

The Children and Families Department and the Child Advocate will collaborate on a report with the Child Fatality and Near-Fatality Review Board.

The first joint report will be released within a month.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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