Senators investigating the state’s child-welfare agency will get an update on changes underway with the agency’s child-welfare programs.
The plans came about in response to ongoing criticism of the agency and a state Legislative Audit Council report published in October that confirmed that problems with the agency’s child-welfare programs were threatening children’s safety.
Amber Gillum, acting director of the S.C. Department of Social Services, will testify before the Senate DSS Oversight panel. Gillum announced the plans for improvement in the fall, after taking the agency’s reins following Director Lillian Koller’s June resignation.
The plans include hiring more child-welfare caseworkers to lessen the heavy loads burdening some workers and to speed up the process of training caseworkers for field work.
Gov. Nikki Haley recently said she is in the process of interviewing candidates to become Social Services director, a cabinet position.
Senators also are expected to hear from pediatrics specialists and to discuss a proposal that would abolish Social Services, creating a new agency specifically for child-welfare services and sending economic welfare programs to another agency to run. (Blatt Building, Room 110 / Agenda)
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