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Connecticut department to change response to child abuse

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Children and Families is changing the way it investigates reports of child neglect and abuse by creating separate responses for low and high-risk incidents.

Beginning Monday, DCF will perform a family assessment in response to all reports that are deemed low and medium risks. The assessment will help families reach out for community resources.

Low-risk cases include things like families improperly clothing children in the winter, whereas high-risk incidents include reports of physical and sexual abuse. The department will continue to respond to high-risk incidents with an investigation.

Currently, all reports of abuse are investigated by DCF, regardless of the risk level.

The change comes under a department initiative, not through state legislation.

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