Case Summary: factual background
Severely autistic and ID child;
DCF first aware of child’s severe autism in Jan. 2002.
DCF investigated five reports of neglect between 2002 and 2004; none was substantiated;
April 7, 2006 investigation of sister outside without supervision;
Application for VS received May 10, 2006 by DCF Willimantic.
On June 12, 2006, the voluntary services intake was closed because case “was opened by Investigations for CPS issues”.
Application denied without written notice of denial or of right to appeal;
Neglect petition filed October 6, 2006;
Mother pleads nolo contendere to neglect on advice of counsel;
Protective supervision ordered;
2007 VS application denied; no written notice of denial or right to appeal;
Inadequate services offered; child committed after hearing on October 30, 2007.
Reasonable efforts hearing held in December; holding for the state.