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Counties unhappy with child welfare database

Counties unhappy with child welfare database

Sixty-seven counties are now using the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System, a giant state-run database that was supposed to unify all 88 county children services operations and make it easier to keep abused and neglected children safe.

But counties have encountered serious glitches since it became operational last year. Private adoption information was handed out, errors showed up in reports and computer crashes left caseworkers with no access to their children's records.

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