DCF starts tracking parents in treatment programs

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The state Department of Children &
Families is tracking parents referred to treatment programs in Palm
Beach County to see if their families actually attend.

DCF often refers parents to programs for drug abuse, domestic violence and parenting skills. A new computer system will allow
investigators to check whether the programs accepted the family and
if the parents are participating. The system will alert investigators if a case needs attention.

Officials hope the system will eventually show them which programs are working or keeping a family from being re-reported for abuse or neglect.

DCF last year began tracking its child welfare workers with handheld GPS devices to electronically update case information and prove that home visits are being made.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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