Birth to Three Unsung Hero

October 11, 2016

Many of you may have read or heard about the Office of the Child Advocate’s recent report on Baby Dylan. Dylan was 13 months when he was removed from his biological parents by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and put in a relative placement with a cousin of his mother. In this placement, Dylan was badly abused and neglected, resulting in broken bones, malnourishment and near death. What you may not be aware of is that Birth to Three was involved in this case. A social worker with one of our programs made nine separate reports to the caseworker and DCF about her concerns for Dylan.  Her tenacity and refusal to give up on this baby make her the unsung hero of this very sad story. Please, remember: we are all mandated reporters. It is not up to us to investigate abuse and neglect only to report our suspicions. Document every time you contact DCF or make a referral to the Careline. Call me, if you feel your concerns are not being heard. Together we can make sure that the children we work with our protected and safe.

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