Senate Committee Tackles Rural Child Welfare

Child Protective Services officials got an earful on Wednesday at a Senate hearing on improving the caseworker retention and turnover rates in rural communities. And they got a minor scolding from Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, who assumed they would come armed with more data and possible solutions than they did. 

Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Howard Baldwin told lawmakers that he had assumed his role at the hearing was to lay out the existing problems before a second panel — made up with representatives from the Fannin County Children’s Center, the Center for Public Policy Priorities ...

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