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NJ wants to disclose less about child death cases



UNDATED (AP) — New Jersey child welfare authorities want the ability to disclose less information about their involvement in cases that end in the death or near-death of a child.

The state Department of Children and Families is proposing new rules that would let it withhold information about its involvement in child abuse cases that end tragically as long as it determines the withheld information was not relevant to the abuse that led to a death or near-death.

The agency says the change is needed to comply with a new federal law.

But child welfare advocates say the state should be releasing more, not less, information about how it handles allegations of abuse or neglect.

Mary Coogan of Advocates for Children of New Jersey says the goal is to learn from tragedies.