News! (11/9/2021)

Catching you up mid-week

I’ll be fishing later this week, so here’s some fresh catch to tide you over until I get back….

  • LA County DCFS is again under fire after a four-year-old boy was allegedly beaten comatose by his foster mother, who has been arrested.

  • Georgia Public Broadcasting is holding a virtual conversation tomorrow, 11/10, from 4-5 pm to discuss “A Vision for Child & Family Well-Being.” You can register here.

  • Back in May, Kansas approved a new “Adrian’s Law” requiring CPS or Law Enforcement to actually lay eyes on any child who is the subject of an abuse or neglect report. Moves are on now to require that a medical professional always examine children in such cases. You can always legislate, but whether the organization has a safety culture is a different issue.

  • Maryland has created a great new website for foster youth and those transitioning to adulthood. Read more about it.

  • Following up on last week’s news about problems at Eckerd Connects in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area, it seems there is the possibility of criminal charges being filed against the organization and its leadership. Fortunately, the Sheriff is targeting the organization and not frontline case managers. Case managers and other lower level employees are “between a rock and a hard place," said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gaultieri. “It’s not fair to hold these low-level people who are making a few bucks an hour (accountable) who are trying to do the best they can.” Amen.

  • Here’s an article from October that I missed earlier, highlighting the high turnover among frontline case managers. I’m interested in finding ways to reduce turnover, so if you have ideas let me know!