Monroe County CPS workers rally for change

The Federation of Social Workers walked outside the Monroe County Office Building downtown, showing their concerns about high case loads and vacant caseworker positions. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Workers rallied in downtown Rochester Tuesday night to call for change at Monroe County Child Protective Services.

The Federation of Social Workers walked outside the Monroe County Office Building downtown, showing their concerns about high case loads and vacant caseworker positions.

Child welfare experts recommend CPS workers have no more than 12 cases each at one time.

Here in Monroe County, caseworkers are averaging around 30 cases, and could be handling up to 60 plus cases at a time.

They also brought those concerns before the Monroe County Legislature at its meeting.

"They are overworked," said Peg Capuano, president of the Federation of Social Workers. "Their caseloads are sky high. They need as much support from the community and all of the taxpayers of Monroe County as ever before. The children are at risk. Adult seniors are at risk - and we need help."

These concerns were brought up in March after a report released by the New York State Office of Child & Family Services ranked Monroe County one of the worst counties when it comes to overdue investigations.

The Legislature voted in December to add $52,000 in funding to be allocated for Monroe County CPS in the 2017 budget.

13WHAM News reached out Tuesday night to the Monroe County Legislature about the rally downtown, but has not yet heard back.

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