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Monday, March 4, 2013

NH DHHS/DCYF Fiscal Audit Needed

Kerkman co-chaired committee calls for audit of DCF oversight of Child-Placing Agencies

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman /Contributed photo
State Rep. Samantha Kerkman /Contributed photo
Members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee have approved an audit of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) oversight of Child-Placing Agencies. The audit was approved unanimously by the Committee.
“This audit is absolutely necessary to ensure that DCF and the Legislature have a clear understanding of how taxpayer funds are being spent by child-placing agencies,” said state Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) after the hearing. “We anticipate the results of this effort will reveal potential weaknesses in the system and will inform us on how to improve fraud prevention going forward.”
Kerkman’s district, which includes most of Western Kenosha County, is the co-chairperson of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
The Department of Children and Families has revoked the license of a Middleton foster child placing agency for allegedly misusing $6 million of taxpayer money for personal gain. An internal DCF audit, which was completed last month, revealed that public funds that were used for substantial unallowable costs and triggered the oversight concerns. Additional concerns have been raised about the financial oversight of child-placing agencies due to further recent revocations of several licenses based on other allegations of misuse.The nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau will begin the audit shortly and a report is anticipated later this year.
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