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Department Of Children And Families

The woman who found missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs outside her Douglas County cabin and an Eau Claire treatment foster care worker were two of six child welfare professionals from around Wisconsin who were presented with a 2019 Caring for Kids award Friday by state Department of Children and Families Secretary Emilie Amundson in a ceremony at the state Capitol in Madison.

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Dane County health officials and juvenile justice experts say the absence of an appropriate in-state facility is not anyone’s fault. It’s the result of a set of factors that have built up and changed over time, leading to a population of youth with more complex needs and a shortage of treatment options. It’s also a relatively new issue for Dane County, which placed its first youth in an out-of-state facility in October 2016.

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