- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - An organization evaluating New Hampshire’s Division for Children, Youth and Families has recommended the addition of 35 staffers to assess and respond to reports of child abuse or neglect.

The division currently has 85 positions, and recently reclassified 22 vacant ones from outside the division for new child protection service works and supervisory staff.

The Maryland-based Center for Support of Families made its recommendation in an interim report Wednesday. Its final report is due at the end of November.

The contract for the independent review was approved earlier this year in response to concerns raised by law enforcement over the death of a Manchester toddler and an initial review by the Department of Justice. The center was to review 100 randomly selected cases.

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