Child protection agency gets low marks in review

The nation’s child protection agency got low marks in a study released Tuesday by the Contraloría General de la República.

The study report said that the agency, thePatronato Nacional de la Infancia, was not responding adequately to complaints submitted to local offices about children and adolescents probably at risk.

There also were weaknesses in the tracking system and in alternatives for protection, such as shelters and foster homes.

The agency also has not done enough to promote the right of young people, the Contraloría said.

The Contraloría issued a laundry list of instructions to the Patronato to analyze the causes of these delays and deficiencies.

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