The vote to hire the Maryland-based Center for the Support of Families to evaluate operations at DCYF was unanimous.
This review will cost $223,000 dollars. It follows earlier reviews by lawmakers and the Attorney General's office.
All that focus follows some big problems at DCYF, including the death of 3-year-old Brielle Gage of Nashua.
Gage died of blunt force trauma in 2014 -- after child-protection workers returned Gage and 4 siblings to their mother and her boyfriend even though the couple faced child-abuse charges.