Child protective workers voice concerns at County Legislature meeting

(Photo: John McClintock)

Rochester, N.Y. – Child protective workers crowded the Monroe County Legislature meeting Tuesday night to highlight what they say is a crisis in their department.

Monroe County child protective workers are handling about 30 cases each. The commonly-cited “best practice” is 12 cases per worker.

“Since last month, we’ve had seven – now, I hear eight – seasoned caseworkers resign from CPS,” said caseworker Melissa, who spoke before the legislature. “A new training class won’t even fill the vacancies we have, let alone the other eight. This is simply not acceptable for our community and, most importantly, for the children at risk.”

The county’s Commission of Human Services says there are new recruitment efforts to attract workers. However, staff members say morale is so low it’s difficult to find qualified people.

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