This year Joette Katz takes over one of the hardest jobs in Connecticut.
As the new commissioner of the Department of Children and Families, she’s in charge of what many people see as the core function of state government – taking care of its neediest residents. But over the last few decades, the $900 million a year agency has had trouble doing that job, facing court oversight for the past 20 years and massive criticism for its treatment of children in its care.
According to a court monitor, Department of Children and Families has failed to meet the basic needs of nearly half the children in its care.
We talk to the former justice about what she hopes to do to change the culture of the department, and to protect the kids of Connecticut.