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Fenty: CFSA Has Made Major Strides in Reducing Backlog

The Child and Family Services Agency has reduced its backlog of cases from 1,750 to 92, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today at a news conference with Attorney Peter J. Nickles and CFSA interim director Roque Gerald.

The mayor and city officials said they were especially proud of the caseload reduction.

When CFSA was struggling this summer after Banita Jacks's four daughters were found dead in their home, the agency faced possible federal takeover. Agency watchdogs had filed a request for contempt order. But in October the request was put aside and the motion put on hold, and instead the agency was given a list of 11 goals, ranging from recruitment to clearing the backlog of cases older than 30 days.

Fenty said this morning that he wanted to thank every one of the 852 social workers. He led several rounds of applause for the workers, thanking them for their dedication.

Fenty had angered social workers and helped crush morale after the Jacks case, when he fired six staff members, several of whom were reinstated.

This morning, however, it was all about cheering on the agency's success.

Petula Dvorak

By Marcia Davis  |  December 18, 2008; 12:07 PM ET
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Correction to the article. None of the employees have been reinstated!!!!!

"Fenty had angered social workers and helped crush morale after the Jacks case, when he fired six staff members, several of whom were reinstated."

Posted by: MsMetroArea | December 18, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

What The Post didn't tell you:

CFSA in the wake of the Jacks case and the mass exodus of licensed social workers with masters degree's was forced to REDUCE their hiring requirement in that they were unable to recruit any social workers (nationwide) willing to join the agency, even with incentives. No more are you required to be licensed OR have a masters degree. What that says to me is that the District was left to hire only the most inexperienced and least educated social workers to fill in the gaps.

This article says that the cases have now been "assigned" to someone. It doesn't specify the experience or quality of the social worker that will be working them.

You draw your own conclusions on how this is going to play out.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | December 19, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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