DCS Responds to ‘Stinging’ Audit

A new state audit of Tennessee's Department of Children's Services (DCS) found the department failed to conduct thorough investigations into child abuse, report deaths to lawmakers as required by law, perform sufficient background checks on those working with vulnerable children and adequately supervise juvenile delinquents. The audit, which looks at the agency from 2007 to 2013, was published today in advance of a legislative hearing where lawmakers are sure to question officials, The Tennessean reports. DCS officials respond to each finding in the audit and note that changes to many of the issues already have been made: investigators have new technology, the computer system has been updated and a new procedure for reviewing child deaths is in place. WBIR.com has the story.