Claims; Kenneth and Leslie VanAuken. Provides relief in the amount of $6,476 to Kenneth and Leslie VanAuken, who incurred rent, utility, and other expenses on behalf of a member of their household who was wrongly accused of abusing another member of the household. Under a safety plan devised by the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, the wrongly accused family member was required to move out of the VanAukens' home to be separated from the member of the household who was allegedly being abused. The wrongly accused family member did not have the financial means to support himself. The accusation was determined to be unfounded after completion of an investigation by the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services. The investigation took approximately 162 days to complete while state law allows only a total of 60 days to complete the investigation. Certain expenses relating to the investigation incurred by the VanAukens could have been altogether avoided or mitigated had the investigation been completed within the 60-day statutory period.
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