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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A new 600-page report has some critical opinions of the state's Department of Children's Services and how they're protecting children in need.

The report was filed in a federal court Monday, which was part of an annual review.

It was part of a class action lawsuit brought against DCS by Children's Rights, a national watchdog organization advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children in the U.S.

The group claims the agency violated the constitutional rights of kids in foster care.

The study found caseworkers took too long to investigate reports of abuse or neglect.

Only about 60 percent of kids who may have been in imminent danger were seen within 24 hours, which is required by state law.

DCS helped only about 40 percent of 17-year-olds aging out of the system find new living and care arrangements.

Also, the report found heavy caseloads. Some staffers were responsible for 40 or 50 cases at a time.

This is just the latest accusation against the embattled agency.

DCS is still facing scrutiny for failing to accurately report the deaths of children in its care.

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