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Fri Aug 17, 2018, 07:25 AM

Union Says Reduce Caseloads To Improve Maine's Child Protection System

The labor union that represents Maine’s child protective caseworkers has released 10 recommendations to improve the state’s child protection system.

At the top of the list, says union-retiree Board Director and former caseworker Peggy Rice, is to reduce caseloads to no more than 12 per worker. Rice says that means more caseworkers need to be hired.

"So that you can actually do your job the way that you're supposed to do it and feel safe about doing it, both for you and for the vulnerable people who are relying on you,” she says.

Rice also says a top need is to hire more administrative support staff so caseworkers can focus on children and families.

http://www.mainepublic.org/post/union-says-reduce-caseloads-improve-maines-child-protection-system#stream/0

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