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'We're failing kids': Louisiana child welfare agency crippled by 2 key factors, officials and advocates say

July 05, 2016 12:22 PM | Susan Shaffette (Administrator)

In a single week in June, caseworkers from the Department of Children and Family Services’ Baton Rouge field office answered a dizzying array of calls.

Two mothers were killed, leaving uncertain futures for their children. An infant accidentally forgotten in the back seat of a car died from the intense summer heat. Workers placed nine children into foster care, investigated a child trafficking case and started investigations into eight newborns exposed to illegal drugs.

Six child protection investigators were available to check on those cases. Earlier in the year, the Baton Rouge office had even fewer caseworkers — just two or three — available to handle the incoming reports of abuse or neglect.

Read the full article by Bryn Stole from The Advocate - click here.

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