BOSTON (AP) -- A state audit of the Department of Children and Families' foster care program has found that the agency was not checking that registered sex offenders were living in or near foster homes, and not ensuring all children get required medical screenings within seven days of being placed in state care.
The audit also found that the agency was not adequately safeguarding the personal information of children in its care, opening the door to possible identity theft.
The medical screenings are critical to ensure that children are not continuing to suffer from undetected health issues from abuse and neglect.
The audit released Wednesday makes several recommendations, many of which are already being implemented.
Auditor Suzanne Bump says front-line workers and managers need better guidance and tools to effectively protect the children in their care.