May 3, 2016 Philly.com
By: Julia Terruso
Seven child-welfare workers in Philadelphia were fired in February and March in connection with at least two false reports about home visits, according to state officials.
Rachel Kostelac, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services, said three were workers from Community Umbrella Agencies contracted by the city to handle cases, and four were with subcontracted foster-care agencies.
The report of the firings followed remarks Friday by a state DHS official, who said child-welfare workers in Philadelphia had falsified reports in response to high caseloads.
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By Pat Loeb
April 5, 2016 PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s child welfare system is suffering from overloaded case workers, who often lack the tools and training they need to protect children, according to advocates and officials inside and outside the system.
Many of the problems, ironically, arise from an effort to improve the system by transferring case management to community-based non-profits, known as Community Umbrella Agencies (CUAs).
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The Philadelphia child welfare reform initiative “Improving Outcomes for Children” continues to show promise, but the work is certainly not done yet. The Support Center for Child Advocates offers analysis and recommendations to Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney and his Transition Team. We look forward to working with members of the new administration, to the success of its programs and for the well-being of all the children and families of our community.
To read Frank Cervone’s full memo to Mayor-elect Jim Kenney please click here: Child Welfare and the Mayoral Transition