City Desk

CFSA To Cut 54 Employees

Update: 6 p.m.

D.C. Child and Family Services Agency Director Roque Gerald announced in a staff meeting last week that 54 agency employees will soon be getting pink slips. Mayor Adrian Fenty had stipulated in his proposed budget that the cuts be made.

One CFSA employee confirms the cuts to City Desk: "He did bring it up and told people. He told the agency that’s what he had to do. He’s going to make sure to keep people who provide direct services to families." So it may be unlikely that Gerald will have to fire social workers. It is still a blow to an agency that has been the subject of intense federal court scrutiny. Recently, a judge held Fenty and the District in contempt over his administration's handling of CFSA.

Another CFSA staffer, who was at the meeting, says Gerald was asked directly if  social workers would be protected from the layoffs. Gerald said they would not be protected.  "People are scared," the staffer says. "People just want to know. He said we would have some information within the next 30 to 60 days. People do seem nervous, generally it's a fearful environment. It's a fearful environment anyway but it's escalated in the last two weeks."

CFSA employees are not pleased with the imminent firings.

The DC Union Power blog reported its own react story on the Gerald announcement:

"In an all-staff meeting this morning, DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) Director Dr. Roque Gerald announced that more layoffs were coming to the agency.

Repeating over and over that CFSA was a 'family' that everyone had to 'share the burden,' Dr. Gerald explained that the purpose of the meeting was to be 'transparent' about the cuts forced on CFSA by Mayor Fenty’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year. Although emphasizing the agency’s commitment to the children and families of DC, Gerald began by reading off laundry list of services cuts that would effect the neediest families most, including the elimination of funds for the Rapid Housing program (which helps to prevent families with children from becoming homeless), and a pay cut to families caring for abused and neglected children in foster care.

This is our commitment to DC’s children and families?

Dr. Gerald then dropped the bombshell that everyone was waiting for: the announcement that CFSA would need to eliminate 54 full time positions. He gave no specific information about who would be affected by the Reduction in Force (RIF), only that employees will be notified in 30-60 days. One worker asked if any positions would be protected from the RIFs. The answer was 'No.'"

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  • FosterMom

    I'm a foster parent in DC. I have REPEATEDLY received mail that is a single piece of paper in a 9x11 envelope with the corresponding 88 cent (approximately) postage. I wonder how much CFSA would save by mailing things more cost-effectively.

  • tired

    These people are losing there jobs and he gave his friend an extra 700,000.00 this could have been used. Instead of helping families he is destroying them 1by 1.

  • fentystinks

    They probably are going to use the "savings" to pay for the DC teacher raises. The CFSA does need to clean house -- namely at the top. Get rid of a few high paid execs and save the staff that serves the people.

  • voteDC

    I hope that Peebles runs for mayor. With him, this type of budget mismanagement would end.

  • candycane1

    More layoffs and they dare to ask the judge to back off from oversight?

  • Elaine

    CFSA did a great job in Jacks case. ( NOT)

    Still have not complied with previous court orders by Judge in a suit initiated by Childrens Rights.

  • bloomingdale20001

    @Elaine...part of the problem with the Jakes case was that the MANGERS didn't want to admit that they case workers were handling more cases in the law allowed.

    Fenty blamed the workers (as he usually does because he picks on the little people) when the case first broke. When word leaked that the case workers were handling too many cases he finally back off.

    I'm tired too! It's the continual abuse of the little people that this mayor picks on. Vendors, Taxi Drivers, D.C. employees, grandparents, taking away daycare vouchers...on and on.

    D.C. is too top heavy and the cuts need to happen there first.

  • bossladyndc

    The oversight hearing on Human Services, today was very interesting, considering that a male representative from the collaborative just threw city workers under the bus ensuring their funding were kept in place. The truth of the matter is that the families service by the collaboratives usually CFSA ends up receives a new referaal for that family within 30 day after being service through the collaborative and the case has been closed. My question to city leaders is how effective is the collaborative? CFSA was receiving federal funding for their in house family preservation program, in which it was replaced and contracted out to the collaborative so why not bring that function back to CFSA it would go hand in hand with the family innovation program. Well the 54 still gotta go! Non case carrying social workers, well I guess CFSA & city leaders have given Judge Hogan the jusification to move forward with the RIF's. Has city leaders even asked congress to admend the law to allow terms on the bonds rating to be extended for re-payment what the city borrowers? That's right city workers are beneath city leaders; remember DC Government was open during a historic snow storm. So why would they care now about saving jobs.

  • FosterDad

    My wife and I are D.C. foster parents, and I can only hope that our foster daughter's social worker isn't one of those who will be let go. This social worker is one of the good ones, and she has been very helpful to us.

  • candi miles

    I wonder how many of you foster parents abuse the kids, many!
    How many social workers are abusive by nature and could care less and treate clients without any compassion, 98.9%

    How many social workers live in MD & VA and are black, far to damn many!

    Fenty did not tell those numnut brained workers and foster parents to act like animals and he sure did not tell them not to retain info. as most DC workers can not retain info. as a few of them have even told me that they really can't.

    If those workers would have treated the DC families with compassion like southerners do they would still have their jobs.

    God knows what he is doing and allowing whether people believe it or not!!! I am sure he is finished with blacks who hurt their own for a buck or because they just have black evil hearts that don't want him, yet use his name to justify evils they do.