DCF training is the key

To the Editor:

Regards the Article,"Social Workers Coming Forward," I must respond. I understand the frustration of seeing staff quit and leave the office in a lurch. Frequent caseworker turnover is a fact of life in child protective services. It was that way for me for my 20 years as a caseworker here in Vt. Picking up vacant cases left uncovered was panic time. Because it's always been that way the DCF needed to plan for these crises and have emergency protocols in place. Using this issue as an excuse for the deaths of children in open family cases that were mishandled will not explain it all away so easily.

Training will solve the problems at DCF. The American Humane Association will provide all the evaluation and training needed. Anything short of that will be a failed experiment in fixing a dysfunctional child welfare agency and more child injuries from child abuse will occur.

Tom King

Shaftsbury, Vt.

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