Pennsylvania’s Auditor General is demanding action to fix the state’s child welfare system, a system he says is broken.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today releasing this 43-page report. In that report, dozens of recommendations and today, he’s calling out lawmakers to make sure these recommendations are possible.
Last year, DePasquale’s office released the ‘State of the Child’ report detailing problems with the state’s child welfare system.
On Wednesday, DePasquale releasing an action plan; 28 recommendations for fixing the problems his office found. Those recommendations include calling on the general assembly to provide funding to provide adequate resources to programs that help keep children out of the ‘Children and Youth Services’ and juvenile justice systems.
DePasquale says, “How in God’s name is the state of Pennsylvania, with a $33 billion budget, going to find the $90 million that we recommend is necessary? Cut me a break. If they want to do it, they will find it.”
Secretary of Human Services, Teresa Miller, says, “At the department, we support many of the recommendations”. She says her office is already working on legislation to address one of the biggest recommendations made; decreasing the workload of caseworkers. “We agree that one caseworker cannot adequately serve 30 families, which is the ceiling in the current regulation.”
Now, the Auditor General is calling on lawmakers to act quickly saying, “The time to intervene on behalf of these children, to break the cycle of abuse and neglect, is right now.”
–Matt Heckel, JET 24 Action News