Westchester lawmakers push for independent team to review child deaths

State and local lawmakers gathered in White Plains Wednesday for a hearing about the Child Fatality Review Process in Westchester.

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) pushed for an independent team of people to review child deaths, which was prompted by the scalding deaths of two Yonkers boys under review by the Department of Social Services (DSS). The hope is that when the worst-case scenario happens with a child in foster care or under DSS review, mistakes are found and not repeated.

Westchester presently has a group that reviews child deaths, but it operates out of DSS. Lawmakers say an independent review team will make DSS more effective by making them eligible for state funds and broaden its scope.

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