Toddler’s Death Prompts Changes At NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The city’s Administration for Children’s Services is making changes to improve how it deals with children with complex medical issues after the death of a 4-year-old girl under its care.

The changes include strengthening how the ACS monitors agencies contracted to help families deal with problems. It will also hire trained specialists who can advise workers dealing with children facing medical problems.

The changes were announced in a report issued a week after Marchella Brett-Pierce’s caseworkers were charged with criminally negligent homicide in her death.

Also Thursday, the City Council announced $13.6 million in funding will be secured for services aimed at preventing abuse and neglect.

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One Comment

  1. Same Thing Different Day says:

    The more things change…. the more they remain the same….

  2. Jesus Sister says:

    I was an Autistic child, no care and impropoer medical diagnosis and experimentation by a non-deceased Quack Family Doctor, from a horrible home of abuse,Father was a Sick, Angry, Pedo-phillic and a Cop, abuser of Mom and 3 daughters, Mom was a stay-at-home, “I didnt see anything” Mother to keep from getting killed, with my 2 sisters. I am an Adult, now almost middle aged and many times, I wish I Were Dead, because of the life long struggles I have had and Still have today. My older Sister is HalfDead today, horriblby sick and disabled for the last 30 years, from her abuse before the age of 7, cut down at the start of her wonderful life, in her early 20’s as a HS counselor, psychology college graduate and city worker; My baby sister is striving for perfection, an over-overachiver, graduate, multilingual, wasted her life in a childless marriage, Still trying to Find herself, none of us has children, Our Lives Taken when we were Still Children, because there were NO Resources, NO HELP for Us, in the 70;s!!!! Here in NEW YORK CITY!!! We Are Adults NOW!!! and Still, Children are Dying, TODAY!!!!!????!!!!! It is Always Darkest before the Dawning of a Miracle! I am a Living Breathing Walking MIRACLE and when I Finish School, FINALLY, I AM GOING TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM! ENOUGH!!! MY Spirit LITERALLY BREAKS EVERYTIME I READ ONE OF THESE STORIES AND I TRY NOT TOO, SO I CAN REMAIN FOCUSED! MY HEART DIES A LITTLE MORE WITH EACH CHILD THAT DIES AND I AM TIRED OF DYING!!!!! ENOUGH!!!!! ACS should be brought up on Federal Charges, Period! Look at the Number of Children alone, who have Died while under Case within this organization, since its INception! it is 2011!!!!!!!! the 21st CENTURY!!!!!. The employees and Pseudo-professionals are themselves, Mentally De-efficient!!! ASK ME HOW I KNOW?!?!?! My God!!!! How Many More???? No More!!!! ENOUGH

  3. ronnie from morris park says:

    How many children will die before they get it right.

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