More than 60 children from troubled homes were abused from the 1940s through 2019, according to victims and state records. The residential school covered up sexual, physical and psychological abuse perpetrated by adults and children, victims say.
The residential program in Westminster failed to report sexual abuse to DCF investigators within 24 hours as mandated by law. In some instances, months went by before authorities were notified.
Reports of child abuse and neglect were down about 30% in March. Officials are concerned that abuse is going underreported.
Jordan Silverman has been described in a lawsuit as having a central role in the abuse of more than a dozen children at the Washington Hebrew Congregation — but he was not named as a defendant in the civil action.
The complaint says the agency ignored more than 30 reports from multiple people about the two children’s abuse, which extended over four years beginning when they were 8 and 11.
Dezirae Sheldon’s father claimed a DCF-contracted reviewer was negligent to not have reported the 2-year-old’s mother’s allegations that her then-boyfriend was responsible for her injuries.
Fueled by the opioid crisis, such cases rose 63 percent from fiscal 2013 to 2016. The Supreme Court’s commission will explore a family treatment court model.
Gov. Peter Shumlin said continued efforts to curb prescription opiate abuse are essential to protecting children.
Attorney General Bill Sorrell says that sunlight could help increase accountability and understanding of the child protection system, but Defender General Matt Valerio and DCF say proceedings should remain confidential.
The Department for Children and Families is reaching out to mandated reporters of child abuse across the state to inform them of policy changes related to the implementation of Act 60. The new law, which was written in response to the deaths of two toddlers last year who had been in contact with DCF, encompasses […]
News Release — University of Vermont July 1, 2015 Contact: Michael Carrese (802) 847-2886 BURLINGTON, VT – The ChildSafe clinic at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital/UVM Medical Center serving children and families where child abuse, neglect, and child sexual abuse are suspected or diagnosed is undergoing a change in provider involvement. Clinic founder Karyn […]
The Department for Children and Families attributes the 21% rise to the opiate abuse crisis.
Bill Sorrell says Legislature should consider loosening some of the confidentiality rules that undermine communication in cases of abuse and neglect.
Vermont will only become a better place for children if we help families be successful so children can safely live at home.