Feds approve state's plan to fix child protection services

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's two-year plan to improve its child protection services was approved by regulators with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state officials said Tuesday.

The state Department of Health and Social Services' plan to improve its child protection services came as a result of numerous deficiencies identified in a federal review last year. The plan will run until August 2005.

''This document is our roadmap for the next two years, and while the goals are certainly ambitious, they are also achievable,'' said Marci Kennai, deputy commissioner for the Office of Children's Services.

A central element of the state improvement plan is quarterly reviews of cases managed by the state Office of Children's Services, state officials said.

The reviews of 50 randomly selected child protection cases will measure children's safety, permanency and well being.

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