ACS makes changes in wake of death of NYC girl

The News Leader

March 31, 2011 6:08:13 PM PDT
New York City's child welfare agency is making a number of changes to improve how it deals with children with complex medical issues after the death of a 4-year-old girl under its care.

The changes include strengthening how the Administration for Children's Services monitors agencies contracted to help families deal with problems. It will hire specialists trained to deal with children with medical problems who can advise workers dealing with such cases.

The changes were announced in a report issued a week after Marchella Brett-Pierce's caseworkers were charged with criminally negligent homicide in her death.

Also Thursday, the City Council announced $13.6 million in funding will be secured for services aimed at preventing abuse and neglect.