The Boston Globe reports that Harry Spence, DSS Commissioner, RETURNED Twenty MILLION unused dollars. The combined salaries for every social worker at the agency come to only $11,000,000!!!See: http://www.boston.co…
I have had clients, over and over, denied services such as therapy or urine screens “because there is no money.”
Yet the MSM Globe says Spence has only had five years. That is not long enough. Keep him and give him a chance! After all, he wants a social worker in every school. The Globe seems to think that a DSS worker in every school would “help” families, not be more “Big Brother is Watching YOU!”
How did DSS save all this money – by using foster care instead of residential placements. This is a savings on the backs of children who need therapeutic intervention.
It has become much harder to get services for children and families. Why? Because there is no commitment to family preservation and services for families at the top of the agency – Harry Spence must go.
DSS is supposed to be the place families go for help – sometimes DSS is all there is for a child or family in crisis.
With $20 million going back into the general fund, while vulnerable families are denied therapy, denied housing, denied parent aids, denied parenting classes because there are no funds is crazy – unless DSS has become nothing more than an adoption industry conveyor belt whenever a healthy infant comes their way. After all, the adoption industry and “for profit” foster care corporations like Mentor have paid lobbyists, who contribute to all the right politicians. Who speaks for children who only want Mom and Dad to get housing so they can go home?
Only 56% of the children removed from their families ever go home again, according to the testimony of the Yellow Ribbon Kids club to the House Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. In Nebraska, for example, 98% go home “because Nebraska believes in services to the whole family.”
Something is very wrong, and I do not want to give Harry Spence another five years at DSS, do you?