The state’s child-welfare agency is struggling but making progress in hiring more caseworkers to relieve heavy caseloads that critics say threaten the safety of S.C. children.
The S.C. Department of Social Services has hired 250 new caseworkers and supervisors since beginning a hiring push this summer, agency leaders told state senators Thursday. But, during that same period, 139 workers left, leaving the agency short 111 needed child-welfare specialists.
The agency also plans to launch a hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect.
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