Monitor Questions Steep Drop In Neglect Complaints At N.J. Child Welfare Agency

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A court-appointed monitor for New Jersey’s child welfare agency is questioning the number of abuse and neglect complaints since 2005.

A recent report from the Advocates for Children group shows a steep drop in the number of reports of suspected child abuse and neglect substantiated by the Division of Youth and Family Services.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports the monitor is also calling on the agency to release more information about the state’s involvement with the family of Christiana Glenn.

The 8-year-old was found dead last month in her Irvington apartment from malnutrition and an untreated broken leg.

Child welfare officials investigated four complaints of suspected abuse in the home and found all to be unfounded.

The child’s mother faces aggravated manslaughter and child endangerment charges.

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  • kendra

    I COMPLETE AGREE that that they need to do something about thAT funding and to add 1 more!the acs workers need to start monitering kids who have know supervision by there parents or another adult in the household and stay off the peoples backs who,s doing a better job then the 1 i just mention on this post cause its just ridiculous. and they are very ass backwards also.

  • Norm Driscoll

    When you give well-intentioned professionals no support what-so-ever, and ask them to fight for children when they have one hand tied behind their back, and the other hand begging for funds; what can you expect? I don’t blame Christie, but this is an area which has festered for far too long. We need action; and we need it now.

  • amanda

    Sounds like people just don’t want to bother! If that’s the case why not find a different line of work! May every child who has died as a result of abuse murder sickness or abortion rest easy!

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