Missouri Children’s Division whistleblowers express fears for kids

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Due to budget cuts, almost 100 positions within Missouri’s child welfare agency were eliminated in July.

Now Children’s Division employees — both former and current — are speaking out, saying the cuts have reduced support for (often inexperienced and overburdened) frontline workers who then have to make life-altering decisions for Missouri families.

The eliminated positions were primarily supervisors of varying titles, many occupied by people with master’s degrees and years of experience in the field.

In recent months, the News-Leader spoke with two former employees  Jason Kirby, a former program development specialist who worked out of the headquarters in Jefferson City, and Crystal Blackwell, a former senior social services support specialist who was with the Greene County Circuit Office.

Missouri Children’s Division whistleblowers express fears for kids

The News-Leader also spoke to current employees from circuit offices throughout southern Missouri who shared their concerns, but asked their names not be used.

All of the employees and former employees shared a common worry: They say that because so many supervisor positions have been eliminated, the workers who respond to hotline calls and are out in the field conducting child welfare investigations no longer have the necessary support to help them make decisions and work through very complicated situations.

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