Posts Tagged ‘Child and Family Services Agency’

CFSA Is Making Steady Improvements, But Significant Reforms Still Needed

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Child Welfare Hearing Shows City Agency Still Struggling

At Thursday's oversight hearing before Ward One Councilmember Jim Graham's Committee on Human Services, a mother recounted what life has been like for her 13-year-old daughter since she was taken into D.C.'s child-welfare agency's custody. It has been a horror show.
Since coming into the system six months ago,  the daughter has been raped twice.
The city [...]

Should Child Welfare Hearings Be Public?

On Feb. 3, Judith Sandalow, the executive director of the Children's Law Center, testified before the D.C. Council on the state of city's child-welfare agency. Her verdict [PDF] was brutal:
"The District's child abuse and neglect system requires dramatic reform at all stages. On the front end, the government does not adequately prevent abuse and neglect. [...]

CFSA Tries to Explain Role in Attempting to Force Homeless Family Out of Town

Last week, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless reported that a D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) social worker had attempted to force a homeless mother to make a brutal choice: Either get on a bus out of town or risk having your three children put in fostercare. City Desk followed up on [...]

Gray Transition Team Notes CFSA’s ‘Weak Management’

In its report on health and human services, Mayor Vince Gray's transition team outline key areas that need improvement with various District agencies. The report [PDF], submitted by Maria Gomez and Peter Edelman, suggests the District's Child and Family Services Agency needs a lot of work.
Among the five issues highlighted, the team noted the agency [...]

Colby King’s Modest Proposal

In Colby King's Saturday column, he came out in favor of a tax increase for the city's elite. But with one crucial caveat:
"Speaking personally, I'm good to go with more taxes if it will prevent unwarranted pain and suffering, particularly for fellow residents unable to help themselves and their children.
But the idea of [...]

Is CFSA’s Roque Gerald Fudging Stats (Part 2)?

This past Saturday, we questioned D.C. Child and Family Services Agency Director Roque Gerald's weird WaPo editorial in which he claimed residential treatment placements hit an "historic low of 44 in 2010."
Today we come to you with more proof that Gerald is wrong.

Is CFSA Director Roque Gerald Fudging Stats?

In today's WaPo, Child and Family Services Agency Director Roque Gerald finally responds at length to a series of critical pieces about his agency.  Some of the recent pieces argued that the agency doesn't respond adequately when calls are made to its hotline, that residential treatment centers are overused, and with my own story on [...]

The District’s Homophobic Bullies

This week I wrote about a gay D.C. foster kid, Kenneth Jones, who had been bullied at school, relentlessly teased by relatives, and eventually threatened by his foster father. I have been following Kenneth for two-and-a-half years. Much of that bullying or its aftermath I'd witnessed. But in the course of my reporting, I interviewed [...]

A Vote For Fenty May Mean A Vote For Peter Nickles: Loose Lips Daily

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Kojo: “What’s With The Hatred of Adrian Fenty?”

Must watch commentary from Kojo. Is Fenty anti-poor people? Or is Kojo right that the anti-Fenty anger is a little over the top?
My two cents: When you spend $400,000 on a dog park while D.C. General's emergency shelter is overcrowded, a case can be made that Fenty's priorities lean a little in the anti-poor people [...]

Fenty’s Proposed Budget Cuts Include Housing Program

Last Friday, we report that Mayor Adrian Fenty's proposed budget called for 54 Child and Family Services Agency employees to be laid off. Roque Gerald, the agency's director, announced that the cuts would be coming during a recent staff meeting. But there's more proposed cuts on the table. Fenty has proposed cutting the agency's $1.19 [...]

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 [...]

Judge Upholds Federal Oversight Of CFSA, Holds Fenty In Contempt

In a 46-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas F. Hogan held today that D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is not yet ready to come out from under its court oversight. This represents a significant setback for Attorney General Peter Nickles, who has pressed to end the court-appointed monitoring of the troubled agency.
Hogan [...]

CFSA Has Different Take on Newborn’s Death at D.C. General

On the early morning of Feb. 9, a newborn baby was found unconscious at D.C. General's family shelter. The baby was pronounced dead at an area hospital. D.C. Police reported that there was no signs of trauma and that the baby had been found in a bassinet.
Another city agency apparently has a different take on [...]