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Posted at 1:07 PM ET, 05/26/2010

D.C. child abuse investigations improving

By Washington Post editors

Child abuse and neglect investigations in the District are improving but often take too long to locate alleged victims and frequently fail to include interviews with teachers, relatives and others likely to have vital insights into the family, according to a new report by the federal court monitor who tracks the city’s child welfare agency.

While noting considerable improvements in investigative practices at the Child and Family Services Agency, the assessment said that some problems cited in earlier reports persist and that a lot of work remains for CFSA and its child protective services unit.

The 47-page report, which was made public Wednesday at a hearing in federal court, comes as child welfare agencies and other District departments are wrestling with budget cuts that earlier this month led to the layoffs of 115 CFSA employees.

-- Henri Cauvin

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 1:07 PM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Child abuse, Child and family services, DC, child protection  
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Comments

There is so much more to the story. In a meeting last night with social workers in attendance I really saw how close we are to another Jacks case happening.
Here are what the effects of the Child and Family Services cuts have done.

The aids helped prime the pump meaning that they picked up children from school, took them to doctor appointment etc. etc.

When the Agency RIFed the social worker aids the agency never but a plan in place to help with transitioning not only kids who have grown attached to them, but the social workers too. The social workers now have to not only do their own jobs, but the social workers assistants too.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | May 26, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Apparently over the last three months the social workers have had close to 2,000 emergency calls to answer and investigate.

If calls aren’t answered in 24 hours then social workers are being suspended for two weeks. They are worker crazy hours to meet this demand and are too scared to speak up because they are afraid of losing their job. Many workers are close to burn out.

Now back to the social worker aids. CFSA PAID Cornell University to train and certify the rifed workers to become social worker assistant last year. Additionally the social workers assistants have been working with management to developed new job descriptions.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | May 26, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

So what happens? CFSA Rif the workers and re-post the positions (descriptions provided by former workers) and slap BA required at the end of the job announcement.

No previous experience necessary just a college degree. A reduction in force is usually used during tough economic times, but CFSA used this to fire workers. It doesn’t make is financial sense to pay for training , fire the workers who received the training and then hire no experienced workers at a higher salary.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | May 26, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

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