BENNINGTON, Vt., - On the heels of two tragic homicides involving toddlers in Vermont, Governor Shumlin is calling for immediate steps to ensure that the Department for Children and Families is better able to protect children.
Shumlin says he plans to increase staffing to reduce workloads, which have doubled in the last five years. He also plans to increase training for social workers and the oversight of cases in which children in state custody are returned to their families. The governor is also calling for a review of the department's structure to make sure it's operating efficiently.
In February 2014, two-year-old Dezirae Sheldon was killed, not long after the state put her back in her mother's custody. Then in April, a 15-month old was killed in a separate case.