Nationally Acclaimed, Locally Controversial: Joette Katz Reflects on an Unusually Long Tenure Running Connecticut’s Foster Care System
Joette Katz has left the building. The former Connecticut state Supreme Court Justice, who served as commissioner of state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) for both of former Gov. Daniel Malloy’s (D) terms, put in her last day in January.
Yes, There IS a Problem with the “Culture Change” in Connecticut: It Hasn’t Gone Far Enough
Connecticut, 1995: Emily Hernandez, a child-known-to-the-system, dies. Gov. John Rowland demands that caseworkers tear apart more families. There is a foster care panic, a huge increase in children torn from their families.
Has Connecticut’s Cultural Change Gone Too Far?
I read with interest Joette Katz’ column about her efforts to change the culture of child welfare in Connecticut. Ms. Katz, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), reports with pride that due to this cultural change, Connecticut has more than doubled foster care placements with relatives in less than two years.
Conn. Governor Keeps Child Welfare Boss; N.M. Governor Makes Change
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who was re-elected in November, announced this week that he will re-appoint Joette Katz to lead the state’s Department of Children and Families, which oversees both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems for the state.