At a series of hearings, on DSS, held by the Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect almost every professional organization testified that DSS social workers had responsibility for too many children, too many families and too many cases. The Committees report ignored this testimony. This budget continues that trend and does nothing to help DSS social workers succeed at an increasingly impossible job.
DSS social workers continue to struggle with high caseloads and a staff turnover rate well over 15% a year. As long as these issues are unaddressed by the agency and by the legislature the headlines will continue. Children will fall through the increasingly large gaps in staff and services. Commitment to children and abuse prevention requires the investment of money not mere words or promises of `magical managerial reforms’.