Brielle Gage died on Nov. 25, 2014 after a severe beating by her mother, Katlyn Marin. Gage’s death touched off questions about the involvement of the state's Department of Children, Youth and Families. The Monitor pieced together the final year of her life with DCYF, court and police records and with interviews with family and those who tried to protect her.
Court proceedings in DCYF cases are kept confidential, shielding agency from examination.
Video: Attorney Rus Rilee talks about his efforts to make Gage case public.
In 2014, only 4.7 percent of abuse reports in New Hampshire were found to have merit, far behind the national average of 19 percent and last in the country. That year, DCYF substantiated 652, out of nearly 13,900, according to most recently available federal data.
It’s impossible to know the total number of child deaths in New Hampshire related to abuse and neglect – or even the instances of child mistreatment – because no single entity in the state is tracking all the data, advocates say.
Video: Two parents whose son died discuss their experience with DCYF.
While national standards recommend child protection workers investigate no more than 12 reports of abuse or neglect at one time, New Hampshire’s DCYF staff can have an average monthly caseload of 54 reports, according to an outside review of the agency that was released last year.
Nearly 470 babies were born exposed to drugs in 2016, child protection agency says
Video: DCYF caseworker Demetrios Tsaros (left) discusses the challenges of the job
How far along is the state in its effort to reform the embattled agency? Gov. Chris Sununu promises changes are coming.
Agencies say need is high for foster parents and volunteer advocates
Report: DCYF still faces massive case backlog, staffing problems
Editorial: Office of the Child Advocate key to fixing DCYF
State abruptly postpones annual DCYF conference
Superior Court judge rules against DCYF on confidential records
Fatal flaws: How you can help – Fostering for children in need
Fatal flaws: 4 of 4 – Efforts to reform DCYF await implementation
Fatal flaws – Part 3 of 4: DCYF faces staff shortage, heavy caseloads
Opioid epidemic adds to child neglect cases
N.H. child deaths ‘hard to address’ without data
Fatal flaws – Part 2 of 4: Tracking N.H. child deaths linked to abuse or neglect
The challenge in assessing agency’s work
Fatal flaws – Part 1 of 4: Inside the last year of Brielle Gage’s life
Child protection agency announces plan to close overdue investigations
Letter: Who is to blame for inadequate staffing at DCYF?
Lawmakers mull options for DCYF abuse, neglect reports
Official: DCYF still has 2,800 open investigations
Sununu puts head of child protective services on administrative leave
Sunshine Week: Public records show DCYF rapidly closed 1,500 cases of suspected child abuse
My Turn: It’s time to change leadership and direction at DCYF
My Turn: The path ahead for DCYF
CASA-NH added to sexual abuse lawsuit
Editorial: State needs a child advocate
Contract approved for 24-hour DCYF child abuse hotline
Major independent review of New Hampshire child protective services to be released
Seeking to dismiss lawsuit, DCYF says it’s not liable for abuse suffered by girls
New Hampshire struggling to keep child protective services office open past 4:30 p.m.
DCYF won’t say whether or not abuse case lead to internal changes
Family sues DCYF over sexual assaults
Report recommends DCYF add 35 child protection workers
Editorial: State must protect its children
House rejects bill to keep records of abuse on file longer
Former foster youth cope, connect on the trail
Capital Beat: Transparency called for at state DCYF
N.H. Supreme Court to decide whether child abuse cases can be made public
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