PA CPS – Not Doing Job But Want Raise

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PA Hotline calls not being answered, CPS workers not doing job, but want a raise.

Auditor general calls ‘State of the Child’ in
Pennsylvania ‘appalling’

The Pennsylvania auditor general says the state’s child welfare system is broken.

“Kids’ lives at risk from unanswered hotline calls”

Eugene DePasquale released a special report Thursday that took aim at the system by the numbers.

“What I found for my ‘State of the Child’ special report is appalling,” DePasquale said.  “I’m talking about wholesale system breakdowns that actually prevent (Children and Youth Services) caseworkers from protecting our children from abuse and neglect.”

Centre County was one of 13 counties DePasquale’s office spent time on, talking with caseworkers, supervisors, administrators and families.

According to the data, the number of child abuse reports made in Centre County has gone up 60 percent over the past two years, from 237 in 2014 to 379 in 2016.  Of those, 33 were substantiated in 2016.

“Children are being horribly abused and neglected in Pennsylvania every day,” DePasquale said in a statement.  “In recent months, we’ve heard of toddlers being kept in cages, newborns left home alone and starving school-age children locked in filthy rooms.  There are heartbreaking stories every week.”

According to the report, more than $1.8 billion was spent on child welfare services in 2016, a year in which 46 kids died and there were another 79 “near-deaths.”  In Centre County, the expenses came to $997,392.

The “State of the Child” report follows another audit DePasquale conducted in 2016 on the ChildLine system used to report child abuse.  That report showed that thousands of calls made to the system were not acted upon.

The new report claims the people doing the responding are inadequately trained, overworked and underpaid, leading to high turnover.

A Centre County case could be part of some increases.  DePasquale noted the change in Child Protective Services Law that took place after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, which included expanding the definition of what child abuse is, as well as broadening who is required to report it.

That, he said, has led to more cases to handle, with some workloads jumping from “generally manageable” numbers of 12 to 20 cases at a time to as many as 50 to 75.

According to the New York senate, a bill was passed by that body in January that would limit the number of cases per worker to no more than 15, after the death of a young boy showed a need to lower the number of kids each caseworker was responsible to oversee.  The concern there was that New York caseworkers were supervising over 25 cases.

Centre County’s workload was unavailable. 

4 thoughts on “PA CPS – Not Doing Job But Want Raise”

    1. Irene, Thank You for the vote of confidence!
      They have changed my Little Brother’s pain meds, so I find myself watching him sleep now, which is comforting, at least for now. Until now, we have spent most nights with him in extreme pain, and the two of us talking.
      So needless to say, I have two posts ready when I get around to them, which you might choose to miss.
      I send all Good Things your way always.

      1. I don’t try to miss your posts, Robert.
        I know, that I missed many posts, while I was at the hospital in the summer, because I was not allowed to have any kind of devices, while I was at ICU for 35 days. First after that time and in another department of the hospital.
        Energy was not my strength then.

      2. Irene, you know I was not saying that, I was only thinking of you, as I just posted about a toddler left out all night as hurricane Irma hit the town, and I have one to post about a young Child forced to live in a tiny room under the stairs. We had “The girl under the stairs years ago here close to where I live, and it was horrible, but she survived.
        I always appreciate your input,

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