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by Allie Morris

It will be 2017 by the time child protective services stays open past 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, state officials said Wednesday.

That's a far cry from the 24/7 around-the-clock coverage the agency sought in order to better ensure the safety of children in abusive homes. Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers told the state Commission to Review Child Fatalities that his department has had trouble recruiting the qualified workers needed to field complaints of abuse and neglect until 8 p.m. Half of the 15 employees needed to staff the new shift have been brought on so far.

concordmonitor.com

October 29, 2016

by Carol Ferguson

Kern County Human Services officials are looking at how they can increase safety measures after a Child Protective Services worker was assaulted on Tuesday and several incidents of vandalism a few days before that.

Reed said the worker had been attacked by a "sharp object." The name of that social worker is not being released, but Reed said she's been with the department for more than a couple years. Social workers can face risky situations, but they haven't had many confrontations resulting in serious injuries, according to officials.

bakersfieldnow.com

October 29, 2016

by Marissa Evans

The head of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has decided to ask lawmakers for an additional $8.2 million to help raise salaries for Child Protective Services workers.

On Thursday evening, agency commissioner Hank Whitman wrote in a letter to Senate Finance Committee members that "providing a salary increase will have a positive impact on retention." "Settling on the ideal salary to diminish turnover is difficult," Whitman wrote. "Our research of U.S. Labor Statistics shows that comparable jobs in the Texas market pay more than salaries at CPS."

houstonpublicmedia.org

October 29, 2016

by Tegna

After KVUE reported that the commissioner for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services asked for more money to hire hundreds of additional case workers.

The plan laid out in a letter signed by DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman is a part of his intent to overhaul Child Protective Services. In October, CPS workers didn't see 2,844 children in Texas. Over 500 of those children were at the highest risk of abuse or neglect. Whitman is asking senators for 200 more CPS case workers and 100 special investigators to "assist with the investigations and locate children and their families timely." In addition, he's requesting 250 other case worker positions.

kvue.com

October 28, 2016

by Kristi Tedesco, Paul Birmingham

We have new numbers from the Arizona Department of Child Safety indicating some real progress. Kristi's kids has been a very active player in getting child welfare reform for local kids. Now, it seems, things might actually be improving.

The latest Department of Child Safety figures show the lowest number of open, inactive cases since January, 2010. The figure is now fewer than 5,500. That is a dramatic decrease from the peak more than 16,000 in February, 2015. State Senator Steve Farley, an outspoken critic of D.C.S., tells Kristi's Kids, these numbers are looking pretty good.

kvoa.com

October 23, 2016

by Tegna

Four children, all under 10 years old, were found sleeping in a locked car Friday morning near 17th and Dunlap avenues.

According to Phoenix police, the children's father was located nearby in a friend's apartment. The father, who is homeless, told police the children were asleep when he arrived at that location late in the night and he didn't want to wake them all up to move them inside. None of the children were injured or transported. The Arizona Department of Child Safety was notified of the incident.

12news.com

October 16, 2016

by Kirk Johnson

The Iditarod dog-sled race has gripped the imagination here for a long time, partly because it captures the idea, cherished by Alaskans, that a true-north wildness lies just over the horizon.

In trekking nearly 1,000 miles to the finish line in the old gold-rush town of Nome, mushers and their teams commemorate an event that captivated the world in 1925, when a sled team, led by a dog named Balto, raced through blizzards to deliver lifesaving serum to Nome during a diphtheria outbreak. The rescue made headlines around the world, and earned Balto a statue in Central Park in New York. And since 1973, the competitive race has been run to celebrate that trek.

nytimes.com

October 7, 2016

A measure seeking to untie home-schooling from the regulatory eye of the Virgin Islands Board of Education won the favor of all senators gathered at the Frits E. Lawaetz Legislative Hall here on Monday.

Though the measure will be amended, senators generally agreed with the measure, with the bill's sponsor, Senator Novelle Francis - who said the bill was specifically for parents and guardians who home-school their children, and not the many learning centers throughout the territory that essentially operate as unlicensed private schools - pointing to the growing interest in home-schooling from parents throughout the territory.

viconsortium.com

October 5, 2016

by Murray Weiss

MANHATTAN - The number of children placed in foster care in New York City has been cut nearly in half in recent years, statistics show.

Data from the city's Administration for Children Services show a steady decline in the number of children who were sent to foster homes as the city strives to deploy an array of social services to troubled families to keep them whole.

dnainfo.com

October 5, 2016

by Jason Whitely

Last October, Gibson was caught with drugs. The state's Child Protective Services agency took custody of her nine-year-old daughter.

Gibson cleaned up, and for months has tried to get her child out of foster care. "I was stunned, actually, to get this letter," she said holding two sheets of paper with an apology from CPS.

wfaa.com

September 23, 2016

      

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